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General Chipmunk Information

Chipmunks--which are a part of the squirrel family--are most commonly identified by their comically chubby cheeks, reddish brown or dark gray fur, and light stripes that run down their bodies. These adorable attributes have made them a fan favorite of animators in Hollywood.

There are 25 known species of chipmunks and all but one live in North America. Chipmunks can live in several different climates, making them very adaptable rodents. Some chipmunks live underground in burrows while others can live in nests, logs, and bushes.

What do chipmunks eat?

Chipmunks act like scavengers and gather their food on the ground in areas where they are hidden from predators such as hawks or coyotes. They mainly eat insects, nuts, seeds, fruits, berries, and other types of grains that can be found in the wild. Chipmunks carry their food in their cheeks and bring it to their burrows or nests where they store it for the winter. A chipmunk can obtain 165 acorns in a single day. Therefore within two days, chipmunks can acquire enough food to last them an entire winter but often end up storing more food than needed.

Chipmunks don’t actually retain fat when they hibernate so they often slowly eat the food they had collected during the warmer months in order to survive.

Mating

A chipmunk emits a shrill or a birdlike squeal when they feel threatened. Scientists have also speculated that female chipmunks squeal when they are ready to mate. Chipmunks are solitary creatures and only engage with other chipmunks when they are in mating season. Most chipmunks mate during the early spring or summer months and usually only have a litter of around two to eight baby chipmunks. After 30 days of the initial interaction, young chipmunks are brought into the world and stay with their parents for around six weeks to two months before they are ready to fend for themselves.

A chipmunk’s life span ranges from two to three years but some chipmunks have been recorded as living as long as nine years.

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Along a mountain ridge in Colorado, view life on the log with three species of chipmunks, two species of squirrel, and the occasional fox, deer, bear, antelope, and various bird species. Recognized for their pudgy cheeks, big glossy eyes, striped fur and bushy tails, Chipmunks are the smallest members of the squirrel family. They feed on insects, nuts, berries, seeds and grains, generally gathering food in areas with rocks and logs so they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels and snakes. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they stuff food into their cheek pouches and carry the food to their burrows to store it for the winter. 

All but one of the 25 chipmunk species are found in North America. Colorado chipmunks are large and reddish-brown with a distinct black central dorsal stripe. They occupy rocky, broken terrain in open woodlands and shrub lands, mostly living in foothills and canyons. 

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location: Lake Dillon, Colorado

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General Chipmunk Information

Chipmunks--which are a part of the squirrel family--are most commonly identified by their comically chubby cheeks, reddish brown or dark gray fur, and light stripes that run down their bodies. These adorable attributes have made them a fan favorite of animators in Hollywood.

There are 25 known species of chipmunks and all but one live in North America. Chipmunks can live in several different climates, making them very adaptable rodents. Some chipmunks live underground in burrows while others can live in nests, logs, and bushes.

What do chipmunks eat?

Chipmunks act like scavengers and gather their food on the ground in areas where they are hidden from predators such as hawks or coyotes. They mainly eat insects, nuts, seeds, fruits, berries, and other types of grains that can be found in the wild. Chipmunks carry their food in their cheeks and bring it to their burrows or nests where they store it for the winter. A chipmunk can obtain 165 acorns in a single day. Therefore within two days, chipmunks can acquire enough food to last them an entire winter but often end up storing more food than needed.

Chipmunks don’t actually retain fat when they hibernate so they often slowly eat the food they had collected during the warmer months in order to survive.

Mating

A chipmunk emits a shrill or a birdlike squeal when they feel threatened. Scientists have also speculated that female chipmunks squeal when they are ready to mate. Chipmunks are solitary creatures and only engage with other chipmunks when they are in mating season. Most chipmunks mate during the early spring or summer months and usually only have a litter of around two to eight baby chipmunks. After 30 days of the initial interaction, young chipmunks are brought into the world and stay with their parents for around six weeks to two months before they are ready to fend for themselves.

A chipmunk’s life span ranges from two to three years but some chipmunks have been recorded as living as long as nine years.

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