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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: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

Chipmunk Location

Map of Chipmunk Locations
Map of North America

Chipmunk

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.

Chipmunk Translations

Eesti
Ida-vöötorav
English
Chipmunk
Français
Tamia rayé
Nederlands
Oostelijke wangzakeekhoorn
Polski
Pręgowiec amerykański
Suomi
Juovamaaorava

Chipmunk Comments

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"what type of animals are the cutest???whenever someone says chipmunk i think of Alvin "
margie
"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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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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