#AtoZChallenge – Chipmunk

Chipmunks are members of the Sciuridae family. These small, striped rodents are primarily found in North America .

They primarily eat nuts, seeds and fruit and other plant matter.  Like their larger squirrel cousins, they have pouches on the insides of their cheeks so they can carry multiple items back to their larder in one trip.

Chipmunks can be coaxed to take food from humans and can be kept in captivity. In the wild, their life span is about three years but in captivity, they can live up to nine years.

By Gilles Gonthier from Canada [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons