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It’s not what you think it is

Marty’s photo of the day #2952: I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, Marty photographed a chipmunk. It’s cute, but not unusual.”

Actually this is not a chipmunk; it’s a golden-mantled ground squirrel. The two species look similar, but a golden-mantled ground squirrel doesn’t have face stripes and is quite a bit bigger. Now, aren’t you glad you read this? You learned something today.

(Photographed at Deb’s and my secret spot, in the mountains behind our house.)

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