Chipmunks - Wildlife


Appearance

Fisher's easter chipmunks (Tamias striatus fisheri) are 8 to 10 inches long (nose to tail) and weigh 2 to 4.5 ounces. Body color ranges from reddish-brown to reddish-yellow with distinct facial stripe and prominent longitudinal black, white and wide gray stripes.

Behavior

Chipmunks have 1 to 2 litters a year and 4 to 5 young per litter. Chipmunks hibernate in underground burrows from November to February. Chipmunks store food to eat during winter hibernation. Chipmunks are diurnal with peak activity mid-morning and afternoon.

Diet

Chipmunks are primarily herbivores. A modified diet can include nuts, seeds, fruits, plants and insects.

 

Habitat

Chipmunks inhabit dense forest, open woodlands and grasslands, rural, suburban and urban areas of Fairfax County.

  


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