Skip Navigation

Species Search:
FieldGuidesthreatened and/or endangered search resultsthreatened and/or endangered

previous  | next

Cliff Chipmunk Tamias dorsalis


enlarge +

Cliff Chipmunk
credit: Unknown

All Images


Get Our Newsletters


Advanced Search

Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Gray back has indistinct stripes. Center dorsal stripe dark, others faint. White patch behind ears. Sides are brownish, underparts are creamy white. Tail is brownish orange below. T. d. utahensis from Utah has a more distinct dark stripe down the center of its back than other subspecies. Identifiable by pale gray color of back.

Dimensions 204-226mm, 82-100mm, 54-64g; / 212-235mm, 89-105mm, 58-67g

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Discussion Call is a series of chips with a terminal pulse. Common in a variety of habitats with cliffs or boulders.