Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Sciuridae
         Scientific Name : Tamias Striatus

                       Size(H) : 10cm - 18cm
                                        (4in - 7in)
                       Weight : 57g - 113g 
                                        (2oz - 4oz)
                 Top Speed : 33km/h (21mph)
                  Life Span : 4 - 8 years

                      Colour : Beige, Brown, 
                                      Black, Yellow
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Stripes on fur
                                     and large front teeth
  1. Chipmunks are small rodents found in North-America and parts of Europe.
  2. They are very similar in appearance to the squirrel and are often called small squirrels.
  3. There are around 25 species of Chipmunks found in the forests of North America.
  4. One species is found in certain European countries.
  5. The most common chipmunks are the North American red colored chipmunks with light brown stripes on their backs.
  6. They are becoming quite popular household pets.
  7. They are known to gather and stash their winter food in burrows to last them till spring.
  8. Their underground burrows are extensively constructed which could be more than 3.5m in length.
  9. Interestingly, the chipmunks keep their sleeping area very clean and keep their nut shells and feces stored in separate tunnels.
  10. They also have several well concealed entrances to their burrows to keep their predators away.
  11. They play a significant role in the forest eco-system by dispersing the seeds of fruits and berries that they eat.
  12. They also disperse, spores from the plant stalks and tree trunks that they chew on, into their surroundings.
  13. Chipmunks are omnivores feeding on frogs, mushrooms, birds, eggs, plants, nuts and seeds.
  14. They have their natural predators in humans, hawks and raccoons.
  15. On an average they live to be around 4-8 years in the wild.

 

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