Average lifespan in the wild: 2 to 3 years
Size: 4 to 7 in (10 to 18 cm); Tail, 3 to 5 in (8 to 13 cm)
Weight: 1 to 5 ounces (28 to 142 grams)
Did you know? Although chipmunks hibernate, they do not store fat. Instead they slowly gnaw away at their summer bounty throughout the winter.
Lively and speedy critters, chipmunks are small members of the squirrel family. Their pudgy cheeks, large, glossy eyes, stripes, and bushy tails have made them a favorite among animators, and landed them a series of starring roles in Hollywood.
What does a chipmunk look like?
Depending on species, chipmunks can be gray to reddish-brown in color with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face and across their back and tail.
Where do chipmunks live?
Of the 25 species of chipmunks, all but one, Asia’s Tamias sibiricus, is found in North America. Ranging from Canada to Mexico, they are generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety of environments from alpine forests to shrubby deserts. Some dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while others make their homes in nests, bushes, or logs.
What does a chipmunk eat?
Chipmunks, the smallest members of the squirrel family, feed on nuts, acorns, seeds, mushrooms, fruit, berries, insects, bird eggs, snails and sometimes small mammals like young mice. They stuff food into their cheek pouches and carry it to their burrows to store. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip into their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.
What are the natural enemies of the chipmunk?
Chipmunks generally gather food on the ground in areas with underbrush, rocks, and logs, where they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels, and snakes.
What sounds can a chipmunk make?
Their shrill, repeated, birdlike chirp is usually made upon sensing a threat but is also thought to be used as a mating call by females. Chipmunks are solitary creatures and normally ignore one another except during the spring.
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