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Lodgepole Chipmunk Tamias speciosus


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Lodgepole Chipmunk
credit: Linda Tanner/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A brightly colored chipmunk with broad, pure white outer dorsal stripes. Outermost dark stripes are poorly distinguished. Underside of tail has a black tip. Sides are reddish brown. Top of head and rump are grayish. Winter pelage is grayer overall, with browner dark dorsal stripes.

Dimensions 220-222mm, 79-100mm, 51-61g; / 197-229mm, 67-102mm, 55-69g

Similar Species Larger than the Yellow-pine Chipmunk, with less distinct outermost dark stripes. Smaller than the Long-eared Chipmunk, with relatively smaller ears.

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats

Range California

Discussion Climbs trees more than most chipmunks. Common in open coniferous forests.