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“The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a small, striped rodent found in North American woodlands. A member of the squirrel family, it is the only living member of the genus Tamias, one of three genera of chipmunks. Its distribution extends from southern Canada in the north to Louisiana and the Florida panhandle in the south, and from the middle United States in the west to Virginia and the western mountains of the Carolinas in the east.

The eastern chipmunk is solitary (except during its mating season), diurnal, and lives in a burrow of extensive tunnels, well-hidden entrances, and chambers for sleeping, nesting, and storing large quantities of food. In winter, the chipmunk retires to the burrow, enters a state of torpor, but wakens frequently to move about underground or to eat from its stores. It vocalizes with bird-like chirps, chips, chucks, and squeaks. Predators include hawks, foxes, and weasels.

The eastern chipmunk is omnivorous, and its diet includes nuts, seeds, and fruits as well as insects. The breeding season occurs annually in the middle spring, or biannually in early spring and again in middle summer, depending on the geographic region. Gestation is 30–32 days, and the young leave the nest at about seven weeks. The species is infected by internal and external parasites including a host-specific louse and a mite that damages the end of the tail. In the wild, lifespan is one to three years, and in captivity, about nine years." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
1/640
F5.6
ISO 500
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
490MM
Monopod

Tags

chipmunk, forest, jack pine trail, ottawa, rodent, woodland

Comments

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    so sweet!

  • Thank you Charmiene

    – Michael Cummings

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 4 years ago

    I love it. They are just so darn cute. Excellent capture and find.

  • Thank you Kathy

    – Michael Cummings

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    A real beauty.

  • Thanks Nick :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful capture!!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee

    – Michael Cummings

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful lighting on this lil’ guy :o)

  • Thank you Els

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Awww cute! Adorable shot, love the dark edging Michael.

  • Thanks Akkra :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsabout 4 years ago

    So cute Michael!!!…love the effects and great clarity and details….Susan

  • Thank you Susan :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    the lighting in this is fabulous and I like the dark setting, he/she has lovely markings, beautifully captured :o)

  • Thank you very much Josie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Michael!

  • Thank you Trish :-)

    – Michael Cummings

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