Townsend's Chipmunk

Tamias Townsendii or Neotamias townsendii

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A small rodent and member of the squirrel family, the Townsend’s chipmunk is found in or near coniferous forests in the Pacific Northwest in, and west of, the Cascades from British Columbia to Southern Oregon. It averages about 11 inches long (maximum 14 inches) and 4 ½ inches tall. It has five dark brown stripes and four gray stripes on its back that do not reach the tail. The sides are rusty brown, and the belly is pale. The face is marked with dark and light brown stripes. Its dark brown tail is very bushy. The Townsend’s chipmunk raises three to six young born in May. It is active during the day mostly in the morning and early afternoon It hibernates part of the winter unless it’s in a mild climate, coming out only for food from time to time.

Good luck trying to track a chipmunk. They are so light that they leave almost no track. The tracks don’t show much heel pad landing - more on the back; however, the back feet tracks will be in front of the front feet. If you are able to follow a chipmunk trail, it will lead to its burrow.

Chipmunks eat mushrooms, fungi, blackberries, salal berries, thimble berries, acorns, huckleberries, maple seeds, thistle seeds, grain seeds, grass, roots and conifer seeds.

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By Martha Van Natta

Additional information: see Wikpedia - Townsend%27s_chipmunk

- - Updated 7/30/2014