are best known for the pouches in their cheeks.
These pouches can widen to the size of their heads. Chipmunks
can carry four nuts on each side of their cheeks and one more
in their teeth. They move very fast from place to place.
Chipmunks mate twice a year during the spring and summer months.
The female then leaves to find a burrow in
which to build her nest. After one month, 4 or 5 chippies
are born. The female feeds her young with milk for about 1
month. After that time, she takes her babies on hunting trips
looking for food.
chipmunks leave their mother’s burrow between 2 and
3 months. They have to find their own places to live. Chipmunks
live up to three years in the wild. As pets, they can live
up to 8 years.
live in hard and softwood forests. They also like rocky ground.
They do not fear humans. Chipmunks build nests under rocks,
logs, tree roots, and sheds.
build their burrow all of their lives. They
have several “doors” to their homes. Tunnels can
be as long as 30 feet. Many doors and tunnels help them to
escape from being a meal for foxes, snakes, bobcats, and birds,
such as owls.
live alone most of the time. They spend much of their time
searching for food. Although they are good tree climbers,
they prefer to gather their food supply from the ground.
are omnivores. They prefer nuts, seeds, acorns,
and berries. However, they will eat small snakes, helpless
birds, insects, mice, and eggs. Chipmunks gather their food
and store it in their nests or other places underground.
do not hibernate. In the winter, they can
smell where they have hidden their seeds and acorns. Sometimes,
they forget where they have placed their food. In this way,
chipmunks help to plant and grow seeds.