The Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is actually a small squirrel. They make complex tunnels underground with many entrances, and they are superb housekeepers. There are specific sleeping quarters and a separate garbage tunnel for toileting and other refuse.
These captivating rodents have one or two litters a year with 4 to 5 babies, and the lifespan of a wild chipmunk is around 2 years. They are not true hibernators but do sleep a lot during the winter. We see them running about on warm days even when snow covers the ground.
Chipmunks like areas with rocks and trees because of the cover this type of landscape provides. They are omnivorous, eating seeds, berries, insects, worms, and even an occasional baby bird. They are marvelous tree climbers.
This picture was taken on June 15, 2011, in Green Lane, PA.
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