eastern chipmunk

(Tamias striatus)

Conservation Status
eastern chipmunk
Photo by Margot Avey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Head and body: 5 to 6

Tail: 3 to 4

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus) is a smaller animal. The middle stripe on the back continues to the base of the tail. The rump is grayish-brown, not reddish-brown. In Minnesota it is found in the Arrowhead and north-central regions only.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous forest edges, brushy areas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

2 to 8 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

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

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 13, 15, 24, 29.

 
  7/14/2012      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Euarchontoglires  
  Clade Glires (rodents and rabbits)  
  Order Rodentiia (rodents)  
  Suborder Sciuromorpha (squirrels)  
 

Family

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)  
 

Subfamily

Xerinae (ground and African tree squirrels)  
  Tribe Marmotini (holarctic ground squirrels and chipmunks)  
  Genus Tamias (eastern chipmunks)  
       
 

The genus Tamias contains three eextinct species and just a single extant (living) species, Tamias striatus.

 
       
 

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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Matt Marlow
       

First time seeing one here. Parents have never seen one here. In their late 70’s early 80’s.

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Lynn Rubey
       

An Eastern Chipmunk foraging for food along the walking path towards the river in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

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Dan W. Andree
       

Last Spring 2017 while out in some woodlands along a small creek in Norman Co. Mn. I turned around and noticed a chipmunk watching me while it ate American Basswood tree leaves.

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Margot Avey
       

I took this photo in Duluth at Hawk Ridge.

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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)
Bill Keim
 
  Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)  
     
  Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk)
Allen Chartier
 
  Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk)  
     
  Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk)
John Clare
 
  Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk)  

 

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  Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) eating viburnum berries
colong7034
 
   
 
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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
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2009

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

   
       
  Eastern Chipmunk
rnd4
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2009

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

   
       
  Eastern Chipmunk - April 3, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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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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Matt Marlow
7/19/2020

Location: Stevens County

First time seeing one here. Parents have never seen one here. In their late 70’s early 80’s.

eastern chipmunk


Lynn Rubey

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An Eastern Chipmunk foraging for food along the walking path towards the river in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

eastern chipmunk


Dan W. Andree
Spring 2017

Location: in some woodlands along a small creek in Norman Co. Mn

I turned around and noticed a chipmunk watching me while it ate American Basswood tree leaves.

eastern chipmunk


Margot Avey
10/18/2015

Location: Duluth, MN

I took this photo in Duluth at Hawk Ridge.

eastern chipmunk


Ramona Abrego
4/20/2015

Location: Forest Lake

eastern chipmunk


Wayne Rasmussen
6/8/2001

Location: Cascade River State Park

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

eastern chipmunk


     
     
 
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