Tamias striatus


Common Names: Eastern chipmunk
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Rodents


Eastern chipmunks vocalize with bird-like chirps, chucks, squeaks, and chips. A chipmunk in a safe vantage place may scold an intruder repeatedly with a high-pitched chip or chuck at intervals of 1 or 2 seconds, but this call may also be a mating call from the female. Its meaning has not yet been precisely determined by naturalists. A startled chipmunk runs quickly along the ground emitting a rapid series of loud chips and squeaks which may sufficiently distract a predator to enable the chipmunk to reach safety.

It has reddish-brown fur on its upper body and five dark brown stripes contrasting with light brown stripes along its back, ending in a dark tail. It has lighter fur on the lower part of its body. It has a tawny stripe that runs from its whiskers to below its ears, and light stripes over its eyes.

The eastern chipmunk lives in deciduous wooded areas and urban parks throughout the eastern United States. It prefers locations with rocky areas and shrubs to provide cover. It is mainly active during the day, spending most of its day foraging.

Edible Notes: While they don't have a lot of meat on them, chipmunks are edible and recipes can be found online.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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