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Chipmunk Facts

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A group of animals within the animal kingdom
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Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Tamias Striatus
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
10cm - 18cm (4in - 7in)
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
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Beige, Brown, Black, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:Nuts
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest and thick woodland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:Nuts, Fruit, Seeds, Berries
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


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 faeces stored in separate refuse tunnels.

Chipmunk Translations

Tamia rayé
Oostelijke wangzakeekhoorn
Pręgowiec amerykański

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 16th April 2018 [View Sources]

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