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Chipmunks are the smallest member of the squirrel family. They are omnivores and feed on seeds, nuts, insects, fruits, and bird eggs,
The adult rodent measures four to seven inches, with a tail three to five inches long. They weigh between 1 to 6 ounces.
They dwell in burrows, holes, and abandoned heaps. These small mammals use their claws to dig tunnels and hide in nooks and crevices.
They store food in their cheek pouches to collect more food. Consequently, they spend less time searching for food and are less vulnerable to predators.
They use a variety of chirps and different sounds for communication, and other sounds have different meanings. For example, the sounds of a warning against predators and a call for mating differ.
They are solitary creatures and spend time with each other only during breeding. They’re shy rodents who often wish to stay out of sight and typically live for two to three years.
These critters are a popular food source for a lot of different animals. Hence, they have a long list of potential predators. Some examples include snakes, raccoons, rats, weasels, coyotes, and owls.
This critter can become a pest and need regular removal. Pest control professionals can set up a trap to catch these animals residing in a hole in the basement, attic, or roof.
The presence of chipmunk poop in any area is a reliable indicator of this pest occupying the space. They are potential carriers of ticks and fleas and can spread diseases like rabies, leptospirosis, etc.