Eastern Chipmunks(Tamias striatus) Science Project part:2 By: Laksmi
Physical description of a Chipmunk The Eastern Chipmunk is a small ground squirrel. It has reddish-brown fur with a white belly and a white stripe, bordered by two black stripes, on each side. Eastern Chipmunks grow up to eleven inches long.
Scientific classification forTamias striatus Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Sciuridae Genus:Tamias Species: Striatus
What do eastern chipmunks eat? • Eastern Chipmunks eat a wide variety of foods, especially acorns and nuts. Other foods they eat include: seeds, some plants, fruits, berries, slugs, snails, insects, baby birds, bird eggs, salamanders, small snakes, young mice, and mushrooms.
Where Chipmunks live • This animal lives in open woods, forest edges, and brushy areas. They dig burrows up to ten feet long. Usually the main burrow has enlarged cavities for storing food. Inside the burrow, chipmunks will build a nest with leaves. The entrance to the burrow is a hole about two inches wide.
The Eastern Chipmunk and it’s predator • Owls, hawks, coyotes, foxes, martens, fishers, bobcats, raccoons, and even red squirrels are some of the predators of the eastern chipmunk.
How do Tamias striatus adapt to their biome? • Chipmunks also readily adapt to suburban yards and gardens and often dig burrows around rocks, woodpiles, retaining walls, and fallen logs. While they're expert climbers, they spend much of their time foraging along the ground—preferably close to their burrows, should a quick escape be necessary
Comunication • Chipmunks are quite vocal, producing loud “chips,” “chip-trills,” and soft “cuk-cuk-cuk...” calls which function to announce the intrusion of predators, and to advertise occupied areas. The same calls accompany aggressive encounters.
Bibliography • Photos: www.google.com • Information: • http://www.fcps.edu • www.wikipedia.org • www.wiki.answers.com