Striped Spermophile Illustration

Illustration by Ernest E. Thompson
Printed by Trautmann, Bailey, & Blampey, N.Y.
Report of the Ornithologist
Report of the Secretary of Agriculture-1892
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1893
Gould Library Government Documents

The name Spermophilus means seed lover, and these creatures most certainly love to eat seeds. However, the Spermophilus is not a vegetarian, as the following report attests:

If one of their own species is found dead it is promptly eaten, thus proving that they are cannibals as well as generally omnivorous.