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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cliff Chipmunk-Neotamias Dorsalis

Beauty Of Animal | Cliff Chipmunk-Neotamias Dorsalis | The cliff chipmunk "Neotamias dorsalis", is common in many types of habitat, ranging from saltbrush to pine forests, in western, central, and northeastern Utah. The species also occurs in parts of Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. The cliff chipmunk is primarily a ground-dwelling species, but individuals will occasionally climb trees to look for food.

Cliff chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, and fruits. The species mates in the spring, and litters of three to six young are born in the late spring or early summer. During the summer, cliff chipmunks are most active during the early morning and late afternoon. In Utah, individuals of the species are inactive during the winter, when they retreat to their underground burrows to hibernate.

Habitat: Chipmunks are lively and familiar animals, active by day and tolerant of people. In fact, they readily become beggars in picnic grounds. They can live in a variety of habitats.
Diet: Their native diet is seeds, berries, flowers and insects. Food is stored for winter, and the animals usually do not come above ground while the snow lies above their home.
Reproduction: Chipmunks have a single litter of five to eight tiny, naked young per year; born in early summer after a gestation period of about 30 days. The young are weaned 40 to 50 days old. Chipmunks are the smallest of ground squirrels, and Colorado is home to five species.

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