The golden-mantled ground squirrel is a small chipmunk-like squirrel common in mountainous areas up to the timberline. It eats seeds, nuts and fruits.
In the fall, the golden-mantled ground squirrel puts on a layer of fat. It hibernates from October to May. It has cheek pouches that it uses to carry food. It takes food to its den and stores it to eat in the spring when it wakes up.
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