Colorado Chipmunk

Photo of a Colorado Chipmunk in Rocky Mountain National Park

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusNeotamias
Binomial nameNeotamias quadrivittatus

Range Map

Colorado Chipmunk range map
Range of species in blue

Description

The Colorado chipmunk can be found throughout Colorado, as well as Arizona, Utah and northern New Mexico.

They have a length of 12 cm with a weight of 54g.  They are good climbers, and can be found eating seeds at the top of trees.  Although they are good climbers, they spend their time mostly on the ground.  

They can be found in coniferous and ponderosa forests, generally at an elevation between 1850 and 2500 meters.

The Colorado chipmunk is herbivorous, with a diet consisting of berries, seeds, carrion, insects and birds eggs which they will take when climbing.  They will cache their food for later consumption.