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Colorado Chipmunk Tamias quadrivittatus


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Colorado Chipmunk
credit: Mactombs/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Has bright, contrasting stripes, a grayish forehead, and orangish shoulders. T. q. australis from southern Arizona has some gray on shoulders, but is distinguished from the Gray-collared Chipmunk by being smaller and having an orange wash on shoulder. T. q. quadrivittatus from northern Arizona, Utah, and Colorado has brighter orange flanks than the similar Uinta Chipmunk, with more red on the tail underside and darker dorsal stripes that extend all the way to the base of the tail.

Dimensions 212-245mm, 80-118mm, 54-80g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Deserts, Forests & woodlands, Grasslands & prairies, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Discussion Uses rocky slopes in ponderosa pine forests.