If you have a bird feeder you’ve likely observed these little creatures scurrying beneath the feeder collecting seeds and nuts.  In today’s blog I thought I’d share some interesting facts about chipmunks.

  • A group of chipmunks is called a scurry.
  • There are 25 species of chipmunks.  Twenty-four of them reside throughout North America from Canada down to Mexico.  The Siberian chipmunk habitats range from northwestern Russia to Japan, China and Siberia.
  • A female chipmunk is called a doe, and the male is called a buck.
  • Chipmunks have 2 litters each year.  Two to eight chipmunks are born in each litter.
  • Baby chipmunks are born hairless and blind.  They are called kits, kittens, or pups.
  • Babies live with their parents for two months before going out on their own.
  • Chipmunks live a solitary life and are very defensive of their territory.   You may have noticed this as they chase each other through your yard.
  • Chipmunks live in burrows that can be as long as 20 feet.  They keep their burrows very clean and have a separate bathroom area away from where they sleep and store food.
  • Chipmunks are part of the Sciuiridae family which also includes squirrels, woodchucks and prairie dogs.
  • Chipmunks generally live 3 years in the wild and up to 9 years in captivity.
  • Chipmunks in captivity require 15 hours of sleep each day.
  • Predators include owls, snakes, hawks, rats, weasels, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, herons, foxes and domestic cats.
  • Chipmunks are active in the mornings and late afternoons.  They will nap before their afternoon forage for food.
  • Their diet consists of seeds, nuts, grass, different types of plants, fungi, small frogs, birds eggs and worms.
  • Chipmunks made a chirping sound similar to a bird chirping, chip-chip.  They will also make a cluck-cluck sound if they see flying predators.

I hope these fun facts give you a greater understanding of chipmunks.  I’ve included a couple of pictures of my friendly little guy, he always enjoys his photo opps.  

Enjoy Nature!

Jane Paradis

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