Where Spotted: Westover Hills
Common Name: Eastern Chipmunk (It could be a Least Chipmunk any chipmunk experts want to chime in?)
Scientific Name: Tamias striatus
Length: 8-12 inches in length including the tail (the one pictured was considerably smaller)
Weight: 2.3-4.5 oz
- The name “chipmunk” comes from the Ojibwe word ajidamoo (or possibly ajidamoonh, the same word in the Ottawa dialect of Ojibwe), which translates literally as “one who descends trees headlong.”
- The eastern chipmunk defends its burrow and lives a solitary life, except during mating season.
- To hide the construction of its burrow, the eastern chipmunk carries soil to a different location in its cheek pouches.
- It can climb trees well, but constructs underground nests with extensive tunnel systems, often with several entrances.
Mingo from Richmond SPCA
Hi there friends! My name is Mingo! I am a very loving girl with scads of personality. I am on the quest for a home that is quieter and low key; who will love me for who I am. Isn’t that everyone’s dream? I enjoy watching movies and cool Netflix shows, chewing on my bully sticks, and going on long morning walks. If you’re looking for a very special companion, come ask about me at the Richmond SPCA.Age: 3 years, 7 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: M (dog size guide)
Please note that the adoptable critter we’ve selected was available when we created the post the animal might not be available when you go to the facility.