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Tamias speciosus

Lodgepole Chipmunk

Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


The range of the Lodgepole Chipmunk follows the high Sierra Nevada, and continues along the tops of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains near Los Angeles. Most of the time the Lodgepole Chipmunks forage on the ground, climbing on rocks and running along logs to find seeds, fungi, flowers, fruits, and insects. These striking, brightly-colored chipmunks go into hibernation around the end of October and emerge in mid-April.

Also known as:
Tahoe Chipmunk, Sequoia Chipmunk, Mt. Pinos Chipmunk, San Bernardino Chipmunk

Sexual Dimorphism:
Females are larger than males.

Length:
Average: 210.5 mm males; 214.5 mm females
Range: 200-222 mm males; 197-229 mm females

Weight:
Average: 56.8 g males; 63 g females
Range: 50.6-60.8 g males; 55.2-69.5 g females

References:

In Allen, J.A., 1890.  A Review of some of the North American ground squirrels of the genus Tamias, p. 86.  Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 3:45-116.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Tamias speciosus

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