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Chipmunk

posted: 04/29/14
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Chris Boswell/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself:I'm a Chipmunk!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Woodlands in Canada, North America and Mexico

What I Like to Eat: Seeds, berries, insects, fruit, and nuts

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Yes, we do hibernate in our burrows during the winter months, but we don't spend the entire season slumbering. We will wake up every few days or so to eat the food stored during the warm weather and to use the bathroom. Waking up periodically also allows us to raise our body temperatures back to normal. During hibernation, our body temperature can drop to the same cold temperatures in our burrow - which is sometimes 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Who We Are: We are rodents who are members of the squirrel family. Some people call us tiny squirrels.

Hibernation: As soon as we feel the nip in the air signaling cold weather is on the way, we start the process of collecting and storing food. We spend time while it's still warm months building up a collection of food to consume during the cold, winter months. Chipmunks rummage for food on oak trees (we love acorns), on the ground, under logs and rocks and in underbrushes. We use our chubby cheeks like grocery carts to transport food to our burrows.

The Most Famous Chipmunk: Alvin, or course.

Cutie Pie: Many of us can be tamed and kept as pets

Babies: Female chipmunks typically give birth to a litter of two to eight babies one or two times a year. When the young reach about eight weeks old up to two months old, they leave their mothers to start gathering their own food for the winter months.

My Biggest Predators: Foxes, weasels, coyotes, bobcats, birds including owls and man.

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