The Eastern Chipmunk
The eastern chipmunk is a very sociable animal, sometimes found in the outskirts of major cities and towns. Chipmunks are easibly trained and can make good pets.
The eastern chipmunk is a sociable animal and can be easily trained. Chipmunks are able to breed in captivity, you can find them in some exotic pet shops.
In the wild they are found in the United States, and some parts of Canada. You will find them where there are plenty of trees and berries for food. They are a solitary animal until mating season, which usually occurs twice in one year, February to April and again from June to August. The chipmunk is very busy from March through September collecting food for winter. The chipmunk will collect seeds, nuts and acorns and store them in his burrow, which he works on through his entire life. He makes several burrows, one he mainly lives in and stays in for the winter. The others are used for extra storage. Chipmunks love fruits and berries but will not store perishable food for winter. Perishables are usually picked and eaten for day to day meals.
During the mating season the male and female will get together for three to ten days and mate. The female will let the male know when she is ready to mate by giving calls thru the wild called chips. Several males will come to mate with the female. The male chipmunks will fight to determine who will get the chance to mate. After they mate, the female will be left alone to give birth and raise the young chipmunks.
The female will work with the young chipmunks for 6 to 8 weeks, feeding and teaching them how to collect food and how to find and prepare proper shelter. At the end of 8 weeks the chipmunks are ready to leave an go own their own.
At this time, Eastern Chipmunks are abundant in their habitats. They are hunted for food and also captured for pets. They are known to do damage to crops, and some farmers feel they need to have the population controlled.