Natural History

Eastern Chipmunk

posted: 05/20/13
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EASTERN CHIPMUNK, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Eastern Pennsylvania | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey | ARKive Animal Profile: Eastern Chipmunk
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These tiny striped squirrels are only four to seven inches (10 to 18 cm) tall and weigh one to five ounces (28 to 142 g). Most would fit comfortably into a teacup. They collect all through the fall and each one has to gather about one thousand acorns and hoard them away underground for winter. They can collect around 150 acorns a day, which is far more than they need, by popping them into their expandable cheek pouches.

Although chipmunks move incredibly fast, they are not hard to find in North America; so, chipmunk watching is the perfect place to start for any junior naturalist!

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