|Rock Squirrels are found in all but the
driest regions of the Sonoran Desert. They are often found in rocky
areas or boulder piles, but are adaptable to many habitats. They
forage for food on the ground, but can also climb trees very well. Their
typical diet consists of seeds, mesquite beans and buds, insects, eggs,
birds, carrion, and a variety of fruits.
Because there are few trees in
the lower parts of the Sonoran Desert, Rock Squirrels have become
adapted to living on the ground.
The Rock Squirrel is well designed for digging, with
sharp claws and strong legs. They use these attributes to dig burrows to
live in and retreat to for safety. They spend parts of the colder winter
months dormant in their burrows, but occasionally come out on warm days.
They mate in the early spring and babies are born in March, with
possibly a second litter born in August or September. They are prey for
a number of desert animals including: hawks, roadrunners, coyotes, and