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Eastern Chipmunks

There are about six Eastern Chipmunks in my yards.  I live in a Southeastern U.S. hardwood forest setting along the shore of a medium-sized lake.  This is good habitat for Eastern Chipmunks.   I enjoy having the Chipmunks here.  These little rodents live in shallow underground tunnels they create.  So far, the Chipmunks have not damaged any plantings in my yards.  Chipmunks eat grains, nuts, fruits, berries, and insects.  They will gather extra food and carry it in big cheek pouches in order to transport the food.  The extra food will be stored away in cache spots for future use.  The Chipmunks are small, and have a golden brown color with dark brown and white striped backs.  Chipmunks have small but strong curved claws that are useful in digging their tunnels.  Although Eastern Chipmunks spend a lot of time in their underground tunnels, they are also quite at home above ground along lawns, and forest floor areas. Once in a while, Chipmunks can, and do climb up shorter heights.   Chipmunks, though small, can hold their own against some small animals and birds.  I have seen Chipmunks back Grey Squirrels, and Mourning Doves off from treasured food areas!  Chipmunks are usually not aggressive, and are quite interesting to watch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Comments on: "Eastern Chipmunks" (6)

  1. Cute pictures! We have several around too and like you, really enjoy watching them. Ours do get into everything and do eat flowers. A couple of years ago we planted some ice plant and they ate every bit of it! We think they are worth the little problems they cause though and are really glad they are here. (They are a major consumer of the sunflower seeds that we put out for them and the birds.)

    • Hi Montucky, I never have heard of Chipmunks eating ice plant before. So far, the only culprit that tears up plantings here seems to be either an Opossum or possibly a Raccoon. I have not caught the guilty party in the act. I have plastic pots of baby lettuce on my second story deck in the back, that something large got into and dug up – Begonias as well. Mysterious. Have a great evening and a very nice day tomorrow!

  2. My friend has chipmunks and they ruin her yard. I wouldn’t care, they are so cute! She catches them in live traps and drives them 25 miles away. Believe it or not, they say if you leave them less than 25 miles away, they will come back!!! She wants to spray paint their tails to see if any are coming back!

    • Hi Ginny, How interesting. Not something I would do. I have loved having Chipmunks since moving here two years ago. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and a most pleasant evening tonight.

  3. you can’t help but smile when you see these cuties! i don’t get them here! 😦

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