eastern chipmunk

(Tamias striatus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

eastern chipmunk

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Habitat

Deciduous forest edges, brushy areas

Lifespan

 

Size

Head and body: 5 to 6

Tail: 3 to 4

Photo by Wayne Rasmussen

Identification

The stripes on the side and back end at the reddish rump.

 
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Similar
Species

Least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus) is a smaller animal. The stripes on the side and back continue to the base of the tail. It is found in coniferous forests.


Food

Nuts, acorns, seeds, mushrooms, fruits, berries, corn, insects, bird eggs.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 13, 15, 24, 29.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Rodentia (rodents)

 

Suborder:

Sciuromorpha (squirrels)

 

Family:

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)

 

Subfamily:

Xerinae (marmots, ground squirrels, African squirrels, and relatives)

 

Tribe:

Marmotini (ground squirrels)

 

Subtribe:

Tamiina (chipmunks)

 

Genus:

Tamias

 

Subgenus:

Tamias

 
Subordinate Taxa

Bangs chipmunk (Tamias striatus venustus)

common eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus striatus)

Door chipmunk (Tamias striatus doorsiensis)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus pipilans)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus rufescens)

Fisher’s eastern chipmunk, Fisher chipmunk (Tamias striatus fisheri)

gray chipmunk (Tamias striatus griseus)

Lyster chipmunk (Tamias striatus lysteri)

Ohio chipmunk (Tamias striatus ohioensis)

Peninsula chipmunk (Tamias striatus peninsulae)

Quebec chipmunk (Tamias striatus quebecensis)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

eastern chipmunk


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Wayne Rasmussen


Cascade SP residents include a variety of squirrels. These were captured with a Sony CD1000 digital camera in June of 2001.

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  Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) eating viburnum berries
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Published on Oct 18, 2013

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) eating viburnum berries. Chippy devoured almost all the berries on the bush in about 1 hour. I opened the front door a crack, positioned the camera lens in the opening, and hid behind the door to get the shots. At first I thought (s)he was scared by my presence and running away. Then I realized it was stuffed and had to go and empty its chubby cheeks every few minutes! Shot 10/17/13

 
     
  Eastern Chipmunk (Sciuridae: Tamias striatus) Eating Boxelder Seeds
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 25, 2009

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (25 September 2009).

 
     
  Eastern Chipmunk (Sciuridae: Tamias striatus) Vocalizing
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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (18 August 2009).

 
     
  Eastern Chipmunk
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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2009

Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

 
     
  Eastern Chipmunk - April 3, 2013
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Published on Apr 3, 2013

Eastern chipmunk (Tamias (Tamias) striatus), Stuffing Cheeks with Cracked Corn and Sunflower Seeds, Wildlife Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Wednesday afternoon, April 3, 2013, 2:09 PM - Canon PowerShot SX260 HS MVI_30420; 1:32 min.

 
     

 

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