In the Middle West, especially in Indiana, the little spermophile,

sometimes called the ground-squirrel, is common and not afraid to

venture into the outskirts of a village. One variety wears spotted brown

and yellow stripes down its back, another is gray, but all are about

the size of a gray squirrel. On the western prairies are the comical

little prairie-dogs. You can see them sitting up on their haunches

watching the train as it carries you over the great plains.