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Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
A Colorado chipmunk eating a sunflower seed
Little Chipmunk, near Lake Quinault
Chipmunks are small squirrel-like rodents that are native to North America, although one species is found in some European countries.

Chipmunks eat a wide variety of wildlife like frogs, mushrooms, birds, eggs, plants nuts and seeds. In the autumn, the chipmunks begin to gather their winter food stash, which they store in their burrows to last them until spring.

The most common chipmunks are the red coloured chipmunks with light brown stripes on their back. These are North American chipmunks. Chipmunks are also becoming more popular as pets.

There are 25 different species of chipmunk living in the North American forests. The chipmunk is often referred to as a small squirrel due to the obvious similarities between the two mammals.

The chipmunk plays a vital within the forest eco-system which the chipmunk inhabits through the dispersing of seeds when the chipmunk eats the fruits and berries that the forest plants produce and the chipmunk chews on the wood of plant stalks and tree trunks which disperses the spores from the plant into the surrounding forest.

Chipmunks construct extensive underground burrows which can be more than 3.5 m in length and these chipmunk burrows often have several well-concealed entrances to keep the chipmunk burrow a secret from unwanted predators. Within the chipmunk burrow the chipmunk sleeping quarters are kept extremely clean as the chipmunks keep nut shells and feces stored in separate refuse tunnels.


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"I LOVE LOVE LOVE chipmunks!!!!!"

Matteo

"Chipmunks are so cute with their little cubby checks and Before I forget thanks animal enciclopitia"

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"i love chipmunks"

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Chipmunk Translations

Estonian Eesti
Ida-vöötorav
 
English English
Chipmunk
 
French Français
Tamia rayé
 
Dutch Nederlands
Oostelijke wangzakeekhoorn
 
Polish Polski
Pręgowiec amerykański
 
Finnish Suomi
Juovamaaorava
 

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Chipmunk Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Sciuridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Tamias
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Tamias Striatus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
10cm - 18cm (4in - 7in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
57g - 113g (2oz - 4oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
33km/h (21mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
4 - 8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Beige, Brown, Black, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Nuts
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest and thick woodland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
5
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Nuts, Fruit, Seeds, Berries
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Hawks, Raccoon
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Stripes on fur and large front teeth

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