These cuties are slowly coming out of hiding this month, stretching their little legs after what feels like an incredibly long winter!
Chipmunks are one of the smallest members of the squirrel family. Their coloration in this area of the world is a brown with black and white stripes down their back. They are speedy little creatures that you can see on a daily basis here at the museum during the spring, summer and fall months!
Chipmunks feed mostly on nuts, berries, and seeds. They live under brush in the forest floor, as well as in hollow trees, logs or underground. Chipmunks make a bird-like sound when they feel threatened or during mating season.
Chipmunks provide food for a variety of predators including coyotes, snakes, hawks, owls and foxes. They are normally solitary animals who keep to themselves, their offspring stay with them for two months until going off on their own.
For more information regarding Chipmunks please visit http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/chipmunk/