Eastern Chipmunk (D. Cofell)

These cute little guys are everywhere around our park.  They are reddish brown with multiple stripes running from their shoulders to their rump.  They are seen most often on the ground, even though they are good climbers.  Their tails are about ⅓ their length and stick straight up when they run.

These little creatures live in burrows that they dig in the ground.  Their burrows are dug, then they lay down soft grass and leaves as a bed, then they store their food underneath.  They hibernate in their burrows in the winter, but you may see them roaming about in the middle of the winter.

They eat berries, nuts, fruits, insects, and even sometimes feed on bird eggs.  They have pouches in their cheeks that they use to store food while taking it back to their burrows.  These pouches get larger as the chipmunk grows older.

– A.Young (2014)

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