Chipmunk

Chipmunk in the pet village at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size
They have a body length of 5-7 inch, and a tail of 3-4 inch long.

Habitat and Distribution
Found most common in deciduous woodland and scrub, but also inhabits coniferous forests and areas that have broken and stony ground, throughout the Eastern parts of Canada and United states.

Age
Lifespan is from 2-3 years in the wild and 5-8 years in captivity.

Diet
Consists of nuts, seeds, berries, invertebrates, and occasionally nestling birds, mice and snakes.

Groups and Breeding
They reach sexual maturity at 4-6 months old, and after a gestation period of about 31 days, they have a litter of 1-9 babies (Usually 4-5).

Threats
Common threats are hawks, owls, raccoons, fox, coyotes, house cats and man.

Interesting facts
The chipmunk continues digging its nest burrow all its life. As a result, burrow tunnels can extend for 30 feet or more and may contain several chambers and exits.