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Hopi Chipmunk (Tamias rufus)

Hopi Chipmunk (Tamias rufus)

Hopi Chipmunk (Tamias rufus)

Class: Mammalia
Family: Sciuridae
Common Name: Hopi Chipmunk
Genus: Tamias
Species Name: rufus

About The Hopi Chipmunk

Hopi chipmunks are naturally timid, and even individuals born in captivity never become tame. Like Panamint chipmunks, they live in southwestern pinyon-juniper forests and nest in rock crevices or piles of broken rock. They are fast and sure-footed on the sheer rock faces of canyons and buttes. They often climb into shrubs to get seeds, but never eat there: either they take the food to the safety of their den, or perch on a boulder or other lookout where they can eat but at the same time watch for hawks or other predators.

Mammal Species of the World
Click here for The American Society of Mammalogists species account

Rights Holder: Smithsonian Institution

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