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Cliff Chipmunk

Found and photographed at Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum

If you live near a wooded lot of any size, you're likely to have chipmunks as neighbors.
Chipmunks are found almost everywhere there are woods
Chipmunks are members of the same family of animals as the larger tree squirrels (the family Sciuridae).
more than 20 species of western chipmunks (Eutamias spp.) spread throughout the United States and Canada.

Their vocalizations range from high-pitched whistles and chips to lower "chuck" sounds.
Chipmunks depend primarily on plants for food—
concentrating on seeds, berries, acorns, and other nuts.
They'll also occasionally eat insects, small amphibians, and, rarely, birds.
Like squirrels, they forage most intensely in the fall as they gather food to store and eat over the winter.
Transporting food is facilitated by expandable cheek pouches, into which quite a lot of material can be crammed—
as anyone who watches these animals for long can attest.
but western chipmunks breed only once a year.
The young emerge from the burrow after about six weeks and strike out on their own within the next two weeks.






I have shown this view because it shows the white behind the ears.


Chipmunk photographed from the south rim of the Grand Canyon 09-28-05

They all look alike to me.


More Grand Canyon images 09/15/06



They nozzel through the ground clutter in order to find seeds and other stuff to eat.


See there it found a tiny morsel of food to eat.

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