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 Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)




Eastern Chipmunk | Tamias striatus photo
Eastern Chipmunk. Lower Saint Lawrence, Quebec, Canada

Photograph by Gilles Gonthier. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Eastern Chipmunk | Tamias striatus photo
Eastern Chipmunk. Lower Saint Lawrence, Quebec, Canada

Photograph by Gilles Gonthier. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Eastern Chipmunk | Tamias striatus photo
Eastern Chipmunk. Lower Saint Lawrence, Quebec, Canada

Photograph by Gilles Gonthier. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

EASTERN CHIPMUNK FACTS

Description
Eastern Chipmunks have pouches in the sides of their mouths for storing food. When the pouches are full they can be nearly as big as the animals's head. Eastern chipmunks are a fairly large chipmunk with reddish brown fur and five black stripes on their backs. The black stripes are separated by brown, white, or grey fur stripes. They have white and dark markings round the eyes. The underside is yellow brown or white. The tails is reddish brown and furry, but not bushy. Eastern chipmunks make shallow burrows in the ground and conceal the entries with leaves and rocks.

Size
Length: 21cm - 28cm (average 25cm). Weight 80g - 150g.

Environment
open ground with rocky crevices, fallen logs

Food
Eastern Chipmunks eat nuts, acorns, seeds, fungi, fruit. Also eat some insects, bird eggs, and even small vertebrates like young mice.

Breeding
A litter of four or five young (range 1 - 9) are born after a gestation period of about 31 days. The young are weaned after about 6 weeks.

Range
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan in the US. South east parts of Canada,

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Tamias
Species:striatus
Common Name:Eastern Chipmunk


Relatives in same Genus
  Alpine Chipmunk (T. alpinus)
  Yellow-pine Chipmunk (T. amoenus)
  Cliff Chipmunk (T. dorsalis)
  Least Chipmunk (T. minimus)
  Colorado Chipmunk (T. quadrivittatus)
  Hopi Chipmunk (T. rufus)