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The smallest of the species, measures approximately 6-10 inches in length and weighs up to 2-1/3 oz. Distinguishable by three darker lines with white in between along their face and five narrow black stripes with brownish edges and white in between along their back. The tail is orange-brown and their sides are reddish-brown/grey. Their bellies are white/light grey. As you can see in one image, chipmunks have large cheek pouches that are for the transport of food. When full, the cheek pouches can be nearly the size of their body.
Coniferous forests, mixed deciduous and boreal forests, and sagebrush plains. This particular spotting was along the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail just short of Bullhead Lake, in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park in northwest Montana.
As I rounded the corner en route to Bullhead Lake, I came face-to-face with this little guy who was furiously gathering seeds from the bear grass stalk. He was so focused on his task that it didn't seem to bother him that I was very nearby. He went about his business while keeping a close eye on me before finally scampering away. It was such a treat!
Spotted on Aug 20, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014
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