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Eastern Chipmunk

Photo by Bob Gress

Common Name: Eastern Chipmunk

Scientific Name: Tamias striatus

Total Length: 9.6 - 12 inches

Tail Length: 3.6 - 4 inches

Weight: 3 - 4.3 ounces


Comments: Eastern chipmunks' presence is usually announced by their chipping vocalizations. They run around nervously gathering and storing food in their underground tunnels. They have bushy tails and reddish-brown fur with dark stripes along their back and face. A litter of 4-5 young are born in April. Longevity is up to 5 years.

Distribution: Eastern chipmunks range throughout the eastern part of the United States and southeast Canada. They are found in oak-hickory woodlands of extreme eastern Kansas.

Food: Eastern chipmunks feed on a variety of nuts, seeds, berries, and insects.