Thursday, June 08, 2006

Chipmunks


Did you know that chipmunks live on the ground not only on trees? The chipmunk it is a very cute animal. We are going to tell you about chipmunks. The chipmunk is a small, striped animal that lives in burrows (tunnels). The chipmunks are actually a part of the squirrel family, which is a part of a larger rodent family.

Chipmunks hide in trees when they see something or hear someone. If there isn’t a tree nearby, they hide underground or in a crack in the ground.

Chipmunks eat nuts, seeds, and bread. The chipmunk uses its pouches in its cheeks to carry nuts and seeds to its burrow. The chipmunk lives on this food during the winter. They eat by holding a piece of in their small, slender front teeth. Chipmunks sleep through much of the winter, but they may awaken on warm winter days and eat some of the food they stored

Male chipmunks must compete for the female’s company and this can be a very noisy competition. Sometimes a male chipmunk will climb to the top a bird feeder, if you have one. Here he will create such a scene, sitting on his back legs and chattering at the top of his lungs, so that no birds will come near. After a few days the chipmunks mate.

Baby chipmunks live with their mother for six weeks and then go on their own to find a home in the trees or on the ground.

By Natasha and Lindsey

2 Comments:

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

nice picture
I love it...

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Megan K. said...

Wow, i never learned so much about this animal before! i learned that the baby chipmunk stays with the mother for 6 weeks and i thought that was pretty cool. Good job!

 

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