Common Name: Eastern Chipmunk
Scientific Name: Tamias striatus
Habitat: Open woodlands with plenty of downed logs or rock piles. It also tolerates life well around humans.
Diet: Mostly herbivorous, choosing a wide variety of berries and seeds.
Insects and small vertebrates are sometimes eaten as well.
This small ground squirrel builds an extensive burrow system, with multiple entrances, where large caches of food are sometimes stored. Food may also be stored in a small hole which the chipmunk excavates and then covers. Unlike the gray squirrel that hides a single acorn in each hole, large stores may be transported in the cheeks of a chipmunk for storage at a single site. Trees are sometimes climbed in search of food.