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Chipmunks

Description and History
A chipmunk resembles a common tree squirrel, but is only about 5 to 6 inches in length, not including its bushy tail. It is a rusty brown animal with a varying number of darker and lighter stripes on its back, with an off white underbelly. At one time, chipmunks were placed into two genera: Eutamias (for the chipmunks of western North America and Eurasia) and Tamias (for those of western North America). However, recent evidence indicates that all the different species and sub species are so closely related as to make their separation into these two different genera unwarranted. Chipmunks have been put into the same category as ground squirrels, but, although terrestrial, they also forage in trees. This places them somewhere between true ground squirrels, and tree squirrels.


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