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.
(photo of chipmunk in the tree by Virginia Allain, taken in New Hampshire)
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.
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
Eastern Chipmunk Mug by vallain
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
Have Your Own Furry Chipmunk Puppet or Stuffed Animal
Chipmunks are super cute and it's fun to have a plush chipmunk of your own or a puppet.
Stuffed Toy - Chiipmunk
Who can resist cuddling this adorable plush chipmunk. Too cute!
Chipmunks make several sounds. It can sound like chip-chip-chip or chuck-chuck-chuck.
Chipmunk Hand Puppet
Move his arms around in a realistic manner. With your hand inside this puppet, you can clasp things such as pick up a nut and pretend to eat it.
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.
Available from Zazzle
Chip and Dale Nut Fight Disney by disney
Chip 'n Dale on DVD - Everyone's favorite chipmunks
Watch all your favorite episodes of Chip 'n Dale. You can even get Chip 'n Dale as a stuffed bean-bag toy.
Have Fun Watching Chipmunk Cartoons
There are plenty more episodes available on Amazon. Click through to see the others.
Which Do You Think This Is? Chip or Dale?
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