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.

For more info you can visit:

http://www.esf.edu/aec/adks/mammals/chipmunk.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_chipmunk

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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