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Merriam's Chipmunk Tamias merriami


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Merriam's Chipmunk
credit: Greg Schechter/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Large chipmunk with a bushy tail. Contrasting dorsal stripes are light gray and brown. Duller, but very similar to California Chipmunk. Edging on tail is buff-colored, not white like in the Long-eared Chipmunk. Darker on coast. .

Dimensions 240-255mm, 100-115mm, 70-80g

Similar Species Distinguished from Townsend’s Chipmunk by having gray (not brown) cheeks.

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats

Range California

Discussion Calls with “chips” and a trill from elevated perches in pine and oak forests