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This NebGuide describes the physical characteristics, habits and management of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.
Thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) are common throughout the Great Plains. They have many common names such as "thirteen-liner" or "striped gopher." "Gopher" is a misnomer because true (pocket) gophers (Geomys bursarius and Thomomys talpoides) belong to another family of rodents.