Chipmunk in the pet village at Wingham Wildlife Park

Chipmunk natural History

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.

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

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).

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.

The Chipmunk During Your Day Out in Kent

The chipmunks at Wingham Wildlife Park live together in our pet village. This is also home to rabbits, guinea pigs, Luzon cloud rats, laboratory mice and rats. The chipmunks have a wire run which stretches from their enclosure across the pet village and outside which they can often be seen scurrying around in.