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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Eutamias
Genus species:Eutamias minimus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:185-222 mm
Weight:42-53 g
Identification:The least chipmunk has a brown coat with black and white stripes running down its back and sides. It also has white stripes about and below its eyes.
Habitat:Temperate forests, rock cliffs and bluffs
Diet:Omnivore: berries, coniferous tree seeds, cactus fruit, insects, snails
Reproduction:Least chipmunks reach sexual maturity at ten months. Breeding season starts in April after winter torpor. Two to six offspring are born after a gestation period of about 30 days. The young are weaned at 60 days and become independent six weeks later.
Chipmunks are territorial.
Behavior:Least chipmunks are diurnal and spend most of their time gathering food to store in their burrows. During the winter, they go into a state known as torpor, which is similar to a short, light hibernation.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of the least chipmunk include snakes, weasels, mink, hawks, and cats. If one of these animals is spotted, the chipmunk will issue an alarm call to alert others.

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Least chipmunk
rodent
Chipmunks
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata