At first glance, this Franklin’s Ground Squirrel could be mistaken for the more common Eastern Gray Squirrel. But note the smaller ears, less bushy tail, and brownish color on this ground Squirrel. They live in the tallgrass prairie areas and can be found in Ontario, Manitoba, and the Midwestern United States. They have a gray head and tail. One of my sources said this gray color results from alternating bands of black and white on individual hairs. They aren’t often seen because they spend about 90% of their time in their underground burrows. This photo was taken at White Oak Lake near Deer River, Minnesota.