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Allen's Chipmunk Tamias senex


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Allen's Chipmunk
credit: Maholyoak/CCSA

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Alternate name: Shadow Chipmunk

Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Orangish, with a gray rump and bright white outer dorsal stripe. The sides are clay color to tawny; rump and thighs are gray; underparts are creamy white. Well-defined dark body stripes are brownish black; middle stripe is darkest. The middle pair of pale, back stripes are grayish white to cinnamon; outer pair are brighter, but fade to duller toward the rump. Tail is relatively thin. Inland populations are brighter-colored.

Dimensions 223-281mm, 94-122mm, 90-120g

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

Range Southwest, California, Northwest

Discussion Also known as Shadow Chipmunk. Calls with a rapid series of three to four syllables, sometimes stretching to 10 syllables. Primarily arboreal in humid coastal redwood forests (dull morph), and more arid inland forests.