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170 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
The Texas Ground Squirrel; Its Habits
and Its Haunts
[Tp North there exist several 1908, of the "Texas Field and
of the chipmunk variety, but Sportsman" anent the advisibility
one of the most interesting species of exterminating the ground squirindigenous
to our Texas climate rel and, as the reports dwell on
is our "ground squirrel." The the actual observations of reliable
Northern species are differently parties, both notes in the Texas
built, especially as to the striped Field and Sportsman are reprobody
and the ears. Northern so
duced for a better understanding
called "chipmunk" are more erect of the subject, as follows:
and more pointed, whilst in our "Henry Howard, a prominent
Texas variety, the ears are more farmer of Black Creek, near Deflat
and narrow, and they barely vine, and a successful hunter, says
protrude over the cranium. They that he, has kept a record of
also are much more slender, with auail's nests found for the past
TEXAS GROUND SQUIRREL NEAR CACTUS JUNGLE AND PRAIRIE RAT NEST, MITCHELL'S LAKE
rather a thin and long body, a four years and the average of the
long oval shaped head, interrupted eggs destroyed during that time,
with white and dark stripes alon2 was 90 per cent. Last year he
the back, and the tail is not as found forty two nests and only
bushy as is the chipmunk and by one of them was not destroyed
far not as in the common tree
before the eggs hatched. His recsquirrel.
As to its habits I may ord covering the four years shows
be allowed to append some data forty-four to eighty nests found.
as to our ground squirrel being He is a close observer of game
an "egg-eater." U n d e r the and reports a bountiful supply
heading: "Kill the Ground of quail this year. He says if
Squirrel," two contributions ap
the sportsmen would devote more
peared in the September issue, of their time to protecting the quail
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Menger, Rudolph. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscences, book, 1913; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14396/m1/170/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .