Lodgepole Chipmunk

Eutamias speciosus

Lodgepole Chipmunk
Photo: Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles © California Academy of Sciences
Family:
Sciuridae
Description:
A medium-sized chipmunk with white outer dorsal stripes; lateral brown patches russet (bright), area behind ears creamy white
Track:
Size:
Total length 8 to 10 inches; weighs 2 to 4 ozs.
Habitat:
Lodgepole-fir forest and subalpine pine belt; on ground, log, rocks and near trees which it climbs to escape threats.
Range:
Sierra Nevada; Lassen Peak south through
Fresno Co; occurs in Nevada and Lake Tahoe area; occasional in San Jacinto
Mountains (according to Jameson, CA Mammals, it does not occur in the
Peninsular Ranges; range map does not show any in Riverside Co; however
Ranger Eric Hanson says it is believed to be in the park) 5200-8500 ft
north, 5000-11,000 ft south
Food:
Seeds of many grasses, forbs, trees, esp.
pine; also insects–caterpillars are a favorite.
Breeding:
A litter of three to six young
born in early July.
Comments:
Voice a whisk, repeated; a shrill tsew;
rapid and repeating pst-pst-pst-a-ku when frightened.