“Chipmunks” in Days Fork

I should have investigated the little guys before just throwing a common name at them, but these are actually Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrels, Spermophilus lateralus.  They do look very similar to Chipmunks, but they are lacking stripes on their faces, so they’re not.  A special thank you to my friend who raised the question.  🙂

Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel in Days Fork Utah

28 responses

  1. They’re cute, but they’ve got some sharp teeth.

    September 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    • I would imagine they do, Allen. While these guys did pose nicely to have their photo made, they were still rather skittish and would probably not let anybody get close enough to bit them.

      September 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

  2. How very cute! Looks like Alvin and Simon, but where’s Theodore? Did they sing for you?

    September 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    • There was a little bit of chirping as they talked to one another for a minute or so, but no…no real singing to speak of. 😉

      September 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

      • …or are you too young to know of Alvin and the Chipmunks?

        September 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        • Jayzus, Gunta…how could I be too young?! Anyway, they’ve had enough movies made of them in the last several years that even if I hadn’t seen them in my own childhood, I have in my children’s….. 😉

          September 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

          • Ooops… so I’m showing MY age… hadn’t kept up with all the new movies and continuing adventures. I just remember them from waaaaaaay back when they first did a Xmas (?) song(S)????

            All that aside, I love the shot! Like Mike said, looks like the one was about to be shot out of that tube, 😉

            September 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

          • Well…I think I can get away with saying it here and out of ear-shot of the little ones, you haven’t missed much by not staying current on their new adventures…. 😉

            I’m glad you liked the shot, too…ready to launch……

            September 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  3. Kelly

    They almost look fake, as if you posed them there for pictures 😀

    September 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    • Kind of like a Disney set. 🙂

      September 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

  4. Looks like the little fella is about to be launched into space.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    • It sure looks that way, but he was content to just sit there for a while…it even looked like he was nodding-off after a bit….

      September 2, 2013 at 7:19 am

  5. He’s not wearing a helmet or a costume with a cape . . . and, was there a net?

    September 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    • Hmm….no, didn’t see any of the circus stuff laying about, Emilio…just old mining equipment….

      September 2, 2013 at 7:20 am

  6. Amazing photograph, Thank you, with my love, nia

    September 2, 2013 at 2:04 am

    • Thank you for your comment, Nia…and for stopping-by, as well.

      September 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

  7. This is wonderful!

    September 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • Very much so, Lisa!

      September 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

  8. I love those chipmonks

    September 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    • They were very cute, Shimon.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

  9. Cute! that little fella at the end of the pipe is the scene stealer

    September 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

    • He certainly is, Andy!

      September 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

  10. Great picture Scott. The timing is everything and serendipity was on your side there!

    September 3, 2013 at 2:37 am

    • Thank you, Finn…I felt very fortunate to capture them like that…..and being “still,” too. 😉

      September 3, 2013 at 6:44 am

  11. Don’t you just love these little guys!

    September 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

    • They are quite adorable, aren’t they? 🙂

      September 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

  12. That’s super cute! There are so many chipmunks in my yard we could play a round of golf with the all the holes they build!

    September 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    • I don’t think I would regard them as so cute if they did that to my lawn…but I suppose that does help to keep it aerated to help the grass grow, so maybe it’s not such a bad thing….

      September 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

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