#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

11 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – Chipmunk”

  1. They are cuties for sure, Beverly. We don’t have many where we live in town but they are plentiful in the park at the far edge of the city.

    There were always chipmunks out at my mum’s and with patience, we’d have them taking peanuts from our hands and climbing up into our laps to eat.

  2. Ah, chipmunks… I have one factoring in (just a little bit) in my post for “V.”
    A chipmunk broke my arm once. True story. Well, okay, my reaction to a chipmunk trying to run in front of my while I was riding my bike on a gravel road is what broke my arm, but I blame the chipmunk. They are awfully cute, though our favorite camping site when I was younger had to start reminding people not to feed them, they were becoming little beggars and a real problem!

  3. I love chipmunks! I’ve got two stuffed chipmunks, one of whom I named Jerome, after Curly Howard. My ex-“fiancé” nicknamed me Chipmunk.

  4. Poor chippie being blamed for breaking your arm. 😉 You say he tried to run in front of your bike. Did he succeed or did he get run over in the process? Once you start feeding them, they become bold as anything. It used to be a chore to go in or out the back door at my mum’s without one of them getting into the house.

  5. We have lots of grey squirrels here, too, and black ones and crosses between the greys and the blacks and very few reds. Not sure if our red squirrel population is low because of the same threat from the greys as yours in the UK or not.

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