The chipmunk is a rodent. It is also known by the names chipmunk or chipmunk. Most chipmunks are found in North America.
They have a gray-brown or reddish-brown coat. All chipmunks have five black vertical stripes from nose to back. The body and tail together are between 15 and 25 centimeters long. The largest chipmunks weigh 130 grams, making them as heavy as a smartphone. The chipmunks are related to the squirrels that we know from Europe.
The chipmunk is active during the day and gathers food for the winter. It prefers to collect nuts, but seeds, fruits, and insects are also accumulated as winter supplies.
At night and during hibernation, the chipmunk sleeps in its burrow. These underground tunnel systems can be more than three meters long. That’s about as long as a caravan.
Chipmunks are very clean animals. They always keep their place to sleep clean. They dig their own waste tunnels for waste and droppings.
Chipmunks are solitary creatures and will defend their burrow against other chipmunks. Males and females only get together during the mating season. Up to five young are born after a maximum gestation period of one month.
The chipmunk’s natural enemies are birds of prey, snakes, and raccoons. In the wild, a chipmunk does not live to be more than three years old. In captivity, it can also live up to ten years. It has been illegal in Germany to keep chipmunks as pets since 2016.