Does your yard look like a mine field?

By Linda Bentley | October 28, 2009
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harris' antelope squirrelIt seems to have been a banner year for all three species of these ground-dwelling squirrels of the Sonoran Desert, as they have dug up many a front and back yard this past spring.

Often mistaken for a chipmunk, the little Harris’ antelope squirrel lives at lower elevations and is quite prevalent in the Desert Foothills area.

round tailed squirrelSometimes referred to as gophers, the round-tailed ground squirrel looks like a miniature prairie dog, although the animals are not related.

The rock squirrel, the largest of the ground squirrels, looks much like a tree squirrel with its grayish brown coloring and big bushy tail, but it dwells underground.

rock squirrel
Photos by Linda Bentley