Another term commonly used for Arctic ground squirrels is “Sik Sik”.
Their name comes in part from the chattering sounds that they often make. In fact, they are quite vocal and have lots of personality. To get the feel for the Sik-Sik, you really need to hear it, so I made a video of some of the squirrels we caught to help you experience the sound of the Sik-Sik. Enjoy!