Eastern Chipmunks are mainly found in deciduous forests, urban parks of Eastern United States, and Southern Canada. In order to provide themselves with a shelter, these Chipmunks generally prefer locations where there are shrubs and rocks.
Although Eastern Chipmunks are able to climb trees, they construct their nests under the ground with widespread tunnel systems which may have several entrances. They store food for winters in their burrows and during winters, they stay in the burrows for long periods but do not
In order to protect their burrows, eastern chipmunks hide their burrows with dirt, which they carry from other places in the pouches of their cheeks. They do this to prevent themselves from being hunted easily. They hide their burrows with materials like sticks, leaves, rocks, and plant materials so that they cannot be easily seen. They store food in great quantities for winters in these burrows. They do not hibernate during winter and wake up time and again to have food.
Since they can make several bird-like chipping sounds, they have got their name Chipmunk. The Eastern Chipmunks are very active during the daytime, spending most of their time in search of food. They like to eat seeds, bulbs, nuts, fruits, mushrooms, green plants, bird eggs, insects, and worms. Hawks, foxes, weasels, cats, snakes, and raccoons are their main predators.
The Eastern chipmunk is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 0.096 kg (0.2112 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 10 years
Female maturity :187 days
Male maturity : 228 days
Gestation : 31 days
Weaning : 36 days
Litter size : 5
Litters per year : 2
Weight at birth : 0.003 kg (0.0066 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 0.051 kg (0.1122 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 1 W
Body mass : 0.09 kg (0.198 lbs)
Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)