Interesting Chipmunk Facts for Kids

  • Chipmunks are rodents.
  • Chipmunks are mammals.
  • They are related to the squirrel.
  • Chipmunks are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and meats.
  • Chipmunks like to eat nuts, berries, seeds, grains, small insects, frogs and bird eggs.
  • Chipmunks weigh between 1-5 ounces.
  • They can grow to be 4-7 inches long and have a fluffy tail that is 3-5 inches long.
  • Chipmunks are usually a gray-brown color with dark stripes on their backs.
  • They have 4 toes on their two back paws and 5 toes on their two front paws.
  • They live in forest, desert, mountain, plains, garden and woodland habitats.
  • Chipmunks live in underground burrows.
  • They like to keep their burrows very clean.
  • They hibernate in cold weather, only waking up sometimes to eat.
  • Chipmunks can gather over 100 acorns a day.
  • They use their cheek pouches to bring food to their burrow.
  • Did you know that chipmunk cheek pouches can expand 3 times the size of their heads to store food!
  • They can store up to 8 pounds of food in their burrow.
  • There are 24 different species of chipmunk that live across North America.
  • One species of chipmunk, the Siberian Chipmunk live across Asia and in some parts of Europe.
  • Chipmunks are excellent tree climbers and good swimmers.
  • Chipmunks are not social animals and prefer to live alone.
  • They can communicate with a variety of chirping noises.
  • Mother chipmunks give birth to 2-6 babies called kits or pups.
  • The babies are born blind and without fur.
  • The stay with their mothers for six weeks.
  • A male chipmunk is called a buck.
  • A female chipmunk is called a doe
  • A group of chipmunks is called a scurry.
  • Predators include snakes, owls, raccoons, coyotes, weasels and hawks.
  • On average chipmunks live between 2-3 years in the wild.
  • Famous chipmunks are Disney’s Chip N Dale and Alvin and the Chipmunks which are Alvin, Simon and Theodore.