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The California ground squirrel is a very common western species that has recently expanded north into Washington, as this one was found at the northwestern point of Oregon where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean in the town of Hammond on the edge of a salt marsh. Highly intelligent, this common prey of rattlesnakes has been known to outsmart attacks using many ingenious methods and is even thought to be somewhat immune to rattlesnake venom.
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The California ground squirrel is a very common western species that has recently expanded north into Washington, as this one was found at the northwestern point of Oregon where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean in the town of Hammond on the edge of a salt marsh. Highly intelligent, this common prey of rattlesnakes has been known to outsmart attacks using many ingenious methods and is even thought to be somewhat immune to rattlesnake venom.