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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 May 5, 2012, in Green Lane, PA., USA.

For more info you can visit:

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

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

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 2 years ago

    Adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Is there even an image of a chipmunk that isn’t cute???? Thank you for commenting, Yool:>)

    – MotherNature

  • AND . . . thanks for the FAVE!!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 2 years ago

    Awww, this is simply gorgeous! I really like chipmunks and really hope to see one in the wild some day! :-D

  • You are so kind:>) I’m sure fate will bring a chipmunk to you! Thank you for the wonderful comment.

    – MotherNature

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations, this picture was voted in a top-ten place in the Chipmunks, Etc. Challenge which finished in June and has been featured on 4th July 2012 in the Photography Challenge Group.

  • WOW – THANKS! What delightful 4th of July news!!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 1 month ago

    They are such a cute little creature, love this capture!
    6-1-14

  • Thank you, Granddma:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 month ago

    Wonderful capture Carol! I have been chasing a chipper in the park for 2 years now. :) http://www.redbubble.com/groups/squirrels-at-play would like this too. :)

  • Aren’t they the cutest things! My neighbor (84 years young) loves her two and takes very good care of them! They get sunflowers seeds every day and fresh water, too – Zippy and Blondie. Thanks for the invite. I’ve joined and will add the image:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 month ago

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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