Eastern chipmunk

Tamias striatus

The eastern chipmunk is a chipmunk species found in eastern North America. It is the sole living member of the chipmunk subgenus ''Tamias'', sometimes recognised as a separate genus. Its name comes from the Odawa word ''ajidamoonh'' or the Ojibwe word ''ajidamoo'', which translates literally as "one who descends trees headlong."
The Big Yawn Even these little guys get tired at times, Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) Britannia Conservation Area, Mud Lake, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Britannia Conservation Area,Canada,Eastern Chipmunk,Eastern chipmunk,Fall,Geotagged,Mud Lake,Ontario,Ottawa,Tamias striatus,mammal,rodent,squirrel

Appearance

It has reddish-brown fur on its upper body and five dark brown stripes contrasting with light brown stripes along its back, ending in a dark tail. It has lighter fur on the lower part of its body. It has a tawny stripe that runs from its whiskers to below its ears, and light stripes over its eyes. It has two fewer teeth than other chipmunks and four toes each on the front legs but five on the hind legs.
A cute chipmunk peeking out Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis. Sep 15th, 2018 Eastern chipmunk,Geotagged,Summer,Tamias striatus,United States

Behavior

It can climb trees well but constructs underground nests with extensive tunnel systems, often with several entrances. To hide the construction of its burrow, the eastern chipmunk carries dirt to a different location in its cheek pouches. It also lines the burrow with leaves, rocks, sticks, and other material, making it even harder to see. It has several bird-like or chattering calls; one is a trill at the rate of 130 vibrations per minute and another is a lower-pitched, clicking sound.The eastern chipmunk defends its burrow and lives a solitary life, except during mating season. Females usually produce one or two litters of three to five young. There are two breeding seasons, one from February to April, and the other from June to August. During the winter, the chipmunk may enter long periods of torpor, but does not truly hibernate.

Predators of the eastern chipmunk include hawks, foxes, raccoons, weasels, snakes, bobcats, lynx, and domestic cats. On average, eastern chipmunks live three or more years in the wild, but in captivity they may live as long as eight years.
Eastern Chipmunk Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) finds a home at a vernal pool at Alleyn-et-Cawood, Québec, Canada. Alleyn-et-Cawood,Canada,Eastern chipmunk,Geotagged,Québec,Summer,Tamias striatus,fauna,mammal,rodent,squirrel

Habitat

The eastern chipmunk lives in deciduous wooded areas and urban parks throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada. It prefers locations with rocky areas and shrubs to provide cover.
Eastern Chipmunk - Tamias striatus Cute, little critter with reddish-brown fur on its upper body and five dark brown stripes, which contrasted with light brown stripes along its back, ending in a dark tail. It had lighter fur on the lower part of its body, and a tawny stripe that ran from its whiskers to below its ears with lighter stripes over and under its eyes.

Fun fact: The common name "chipmunk" comes from an Ottawa word, "ajidamoonh", which means "one who descends trees headlong".

Habitat: Spotted under a tree root in a deciduous forest. There were tons of them running around and watching me! Eastern chipmunk,Geotagged,Tamias striatus,United States,Winter,chipmunk,tamias

Food

It is mainly active during the day, spending most of its day foraging. It prefers bulbs, seeds, fruits, nuts, green plants, mushrooms, insects, worms, and bird eggs. Like other chipmunks, it transports food in pouches in its cheeks.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusTamias
SpeciesT. striatus