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 Least Chipmunk (Tamias minimus)




Least Chipmunk | Tamias minimus photo
Least chipmunk, Tamias minimus

Photograph by Ealdgyth. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Least Chipmunk | Tamias minimus photo
Tamias minimus (Least Chipmunk), Glacier National Park, USA

Photograph by Phil Armitage. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

LEAST CHIPMUNK FACTS

Description
As the name indicates, the Least Chipmunk is the smallest chipmunk. It has three dark stripes and two light stripes on the face. The sides have five dark stripes and four light stripes, with the central stripe running along the length of the tail. The fur is orange brown above and grayish-white below. It has a bushy pale brown tail.

Size
Length: 18cm - 22cm.Tasil length: 8cm. Weight 42g - 53g

Environment
forest edges and clearings in temperate forests

Food
nuts, berries, fruits, grasses, fungi, insects

Breeding
Two to six young are born after a gestation period of about 30 days. Newborns are naked and pink at birth, and eyes open after about 28 days. The young are weaned after 2 months.

Range
The Least Chipmunk is found in the Rocky Mountain region and the western Great Plains of the United States. Also found throughout central and western Canada from near Alaska to Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Tamias
Species:minimus
Common Name:Least Chipmunk


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