Fun Facts About Chipmunks
Lots of Fun Facts about Chipmunks
Chipmunks are cute, energetic members of the rodent family. It's fun to watch them race across the yard or stuff their cheeks with peanuts.
In the springtime, chipmunks emerge from hibernation and become active. Sometimes they emerge during the winter months as well, then return to hibernation.
We have plenty of chipmunks living around us, so I'll share my observations with you here. I've also collected great facts about their lives, what they eat and what their homes are like.
These fun facts about chipmunks give you the background information needed for really appreciating these cute critters.
What Do Chipmunks Eat? - Mostly Nuts, But Other Things Too
I've seen chipmunks stuffing even green strawberries into their cheeks. They run out of my strawberry patch with their cheeks full and leave none for me. Even when I stamp my feet and wave my arms at them, they won't run off until they have a strawberry. Sometimes they just take a single bite out of the strawberry. I wish they wouldn't do that.
Chipmunk Eating a Strawberry
Here Are Some of the Things Chipmunks Eat
- acorns, peanuts, peanut butter, walnuts, almonds
- strawberries, grapes, apples (mine don't care for bananas or watermelon)
- seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
- insects (I've seen beetle wings among the debris left from chipmunks dining)
- They eat wild berries. Chipmunks can easily climb trees and into berry bushes.
How Many Nuts Can a Chipmunk Stuff into His Cheeks? - Enjoy the YouTube Video
Make a guess before you start the video. Is it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 nuts?
See if you guessed right.
Chipmunk Books for Kids - Nonfiction books about chipmunks
Learn more about chipmunks with these informative books. You can look for these at your public library.
- Chattering Chipmunks (Pull Ahead Books)
- Chipmunk Facts: Chipmunks; A Picture Book for Kids About Chipmunks
- Chipmunks (In My Backyard)
There are 2 kinds of chipmunks in the United States
Eastern Chipmunk & Western Chipmunk. The ground squirrel is often confused with the chipmunk but is not the same.
Pictures I Took of Chipmunks
Where Do Chipmunks Live?
If you have an old stump nearby, look around it for small holes in the ground close to it. The holes may be about the size of a golf ball and that's the entrance to the chipmunk's home. Under the stump where it's protected from rain, the chipmunk digs out a den about the size of a watermelon. Many tunnels run in and out of this den.
Look around and you will see holes in many places like under a step or a patio or deck. The chipmunk likes to have many places that it can dive for cover when there is danger.
Photos of Chipmunk Holes - Taken by Virginia AllainClick thumbnail to view full-size
A chipmunk is just a rodent with racing stripes
Chipmunks make several sounds. It can sound like chip-chip-chip or chuck-chuck-chuck.
My Chipmunk Photos - Taken in New HampshireClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Best Known Chipmunks - Chip and Dale
They got their names after a famous English furniture maker, Chippendale.
Chip 'n Dale on DVD - Everyone's favorite chipmunks
Watch all your favorite episodes of Chip 'n Dale. There are plenty more episodes available on Amazon. You can even get Chip 'n Dale as a stuffed bean-bag toy.
Which Do You Think This Is? Chip or Dale?
How Many Babies Does a Chipmunk Have?
Chipmunks have two batches of babies each summer. The first litter is born in the spring and the second batch in mid-summer. There are likely to be 4 or 5 babies each time.
Usually, the nest is in the underground burrow, but sometimes it can be in a tree or another place. Last summer, we opened the front of a small birdhouse that we had on a pole in the garden. An adult chipmunk leaped up, followed by 4 half-grown ones. They scampered away into the woods.
We were amazed that they all fit inside the small birdhouse. The opening was just the right size for a chickadee, but big enough for the chipmunk to get in also. The mama chipmunk had climbed that pole with nesting material in the mouth, made a nest, had her babies, and returned to feed them as they grew.
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