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Eastern Chipmunk - Tamias striatus

Solitary living rodent, similar in appearance to squirrels. It climbs well but constructs its well hidden nests underground. Eating seeds, fruits, nuts, green plants, mushrooms, insects, worms, and bird eggs. Native to Eastern North America.

Common Names

  • Eastern Chipmunk (en)
  • Ardilla listada del Este americano (es)
  • Tamia rayé, Suisse (fr)
  • Streifen-Backenhörnchen (de)


  • Rodentia
  • Sciuridae
  • Tamias striatus

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

Although common, this species is difficult to spot. They move fast and hide when you are approaching. Best time of the year to spot is during summer.

How to Identify

The stripes along the back are a distinctive characteristics of this species.


Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

In Quebec, they are called Petit Suisse

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2022-04-15

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 1400;

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-05-13

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1600;

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