Townsend’s Chipmunk

Townsends Chipmunk
Townsends Chipmunk
Close-up of a Townsend’s Chipmunk on the Washington Coast

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusNetomias
Binomial nameNetomias townsendii

Range Map

Townsend's Chipmunk range map
Range of species in blue

Description

Townsends chipmunks can be found in the northwest of the United States in Oregon and Washington, and in the south of British Columbia in Canada.  

This species of chipmunk can be found in coniferous and hardwood forests.  They look for shrub cover to protect themselves, and for loose rocks on slopes to provide a nest.

Tonsend’s chipmunks have five stripes and four lighter stripes on their back.  On top of their heads they have three brown and two gray stripes on their faces.  

The size of the Townsend chipmunk ranges from 22 to 38 cm, larger than most other chipmunks.  Their weight is also heavier than other chipmunks, up to 120g.  Females are slightly larger than males.