Audubon, John James (1785-1851) Douglasses Spermophile , Plate XLIX.
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Audubon, John James (1785-1851) Douglasses Spermophile, Plate XLIX. [from] The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, 1839-1844.
Hand-colored lithograph, imperial folio, edge chipping with loss, edges toned, signs of handling, 27 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.
This ground squirrel, now going by the Latin name, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, is commonly called the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, or striped gopher. It is a burrowing denizen of the North American prairies, where it survives on a diet of insects during the summer and hibernates during the winter.
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