Animals of the world, Chipmunk

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  • Chipmunks are small, striped rodents
  • Of the 25 species of chipmunks, all but one is found in North America
  • Chipmunks can be grey to reddish-brown in colour with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face and across their back and tail.
  • They feed on insects, frogs, mushrooms, eggs, plants, nuts, berries, seeds, fruit, and grain, which they stuff into their generous cheek pouches and carry to their burrow or nest to store.
  • Chipmunk burrows, which can be more than 3.5 m (11 ft) in length, often have several well-concealed entrances to keep the burrow a secret from unwanted predators. The sleeping quarters are kept clean as shells and feces are stored in refuse tunnels.
  • The eastern chipmunk hibernates in the winter, while western chipmunks do not.
  • Chipmunks are solitary creatures and normally ignore one another
  • They are most active at dusk and dawn. Chipmunks spend most of their days foraging
  • The average lifespan is 2-3 years