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see ground squirrelground squirrel,
name applied to certain terrestrial rodents of the squirrel family. In North America the name refers to members of the genus Citellus and sometimes to the closely related genera Tamias (chipmunk), Cynomys (prairie dog), and Marmota
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In addition to hibernating through the cold winter, many desert vertebrates (lizards, tortoises, ground squirrels, and susliks) also enter dormancy, or estivation, during the hot dry summer period.
The winter burrow of the Asiatic suslik is normally 5-8 ft (1.5-2.5 m) deep, while those of jerboas are 7-8 ft (2-2.5 m) deep.
In the case of suslik, ground squirrels, tortoises, and some lizards, estivation may lead straight into hibernation.