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Nature Blog Network
Saturday, November 10, 2007

eastern ground squirrel (1)

eastern ground squirrel

This week’s theme is “flexible.” One definition of flexible is “adaptable.” When food sources are scarce, or when a house is plopped down on his territory, don’t expect this little guy to move to greener pastures – he’ll adapt and find food. This little thief was raiding bird seed from the garage!

Eastern ChipmunkTamias striatus – also known as Ground Squirrel (here in Iowa, anyway), tamia rayé, écureuil rayé, écureuil de Corée, écureuil de suisse (French).

This little guy inhabits most of eastern North America including southeastern Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. The Eastern Chipmunk hibernates during the winter, waking up every two weeks or so to eat.

Taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on July 7, 2007, in Davenport, Iowa.

Posted by: Mike in: Iowa,Mammals at 1:15 pm

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18 Responses to “Photo Hunt – Flexible – Eastern Chipmunk (Ground Squirrel)”
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    Natalie Says:

    That’s a great submission for the hunt! I’ve been to Davenport, Iowa! My best friend lives in Illinois not too far away from the Quad Cities. :) This week is my first photo hunt, come check it out if you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

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    Andrée Says:

    beautiful shots. Love that stuffed mouth and those little skittering feet. Did you know that chipmunks are cannibals? when i learned that they quickly became little monsters to me instead of little chip n’ dales!

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    Linda Says:

    That jaw looks pretty flexible too!

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    mar Says:

    It’s a cute little one! always busy and oh, so flexible! great choice for this week’s theme.

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    Valarie Says:

    This are great photos for the theme! Nice job!

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    claudie Says:

    This little guu is so cute!!! Adorable little animal!

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    Olivia Says:

    Cute little ground squirrel photos!

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    SnoopyTheGoon Says:

    So you have posted eventually – was peeking in a few times yesterday (our time here). Lucky shot, unless you spent a few hours on guard ;-)

    Lovable thief. I have caught a real fatso this year in Utah (I believe so, at least, it was a busy trip):



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    Mark Says:

    I bet they are seen as little quties but can be a real pest.

    Cheers Mark

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    farmingfriends Says:

    What a fabulous photograph. I have never seen a real chipmunk. sara from farmingfriends

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    Janet Says:

    I know some folks don’t like chipmunks, but I think they’re adorable! Great shot :-)

    Thanks for visiting!

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    Moe Says:

    Thanks for all the comments!

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    ktollenaere Says:

    I live in SE Iowa. They are the very cutest of cute little mammals. However, they wreck havoc with tulip bulbs (they love them!). So… I’m not always very appreciative if there are very many of them around.

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    Moe Says:

    Yeah, these guys can be a pest. They dig at the base of the roses, etc. But cute!

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    Ford Says:


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    Moe Says:

    Guess you’ve never been to Iowa ;)

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    lolo25 Says:

    Bonjour, j ai un ecureuil sauvage et comment enlever sa peur merci

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    Dale Carter Says:

    I understand chipmunks can also wreck havoc with house foundations with there burrowing down around the walls. This comes from a Basement wall/foundation repair business.

    I was raised on a farm and we had little critters in the pasture that lived in burrows. They would dart and run for their burrow hole anytime we came near. I learned from others in the Midwest to call them Squinnies. They are different from the little Chipmunks we now have in our backyard in the City. Chipmunks are much cuter and their tails curl up over their backs. The squinnie is not as cute and its tail trails straight out behind them.
    Is my so called squinnie also a chipmunk or a ground squirrel? Does anyone have pictures of each critter that I mention.

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