Chipmunk or Squirrel?

Yellow-pine chipmunk (Eutamias amoenus)

Yellow-pine chipmunk (Eutamias amoenus)

The larger, golden-mantled ground squirrel is often mistaken for a chipmunk.

Think of the golden-mantle as a golden shawl over its shoulders.

Stripes run down the backs of both critters, but a chipmunk’s stripes continue above and below each eye down to its pointed nose.

Since this was posted, I’ve received requests for a picture of the golden-mantled ground squirrel and the identity of the squirrel that is smaller and darker than the western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus).

Thanks for asking.

 

Yellow-pine chipmunk (Eutamias amoenus)

Yellow-pine chipmunk (Eutamias amoenus)

Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis)

Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis)

Chickaree Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasi)

Chickaree Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasi)

 

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About Lynne Schaefer

Lynne Schaefer has written two newspaper columns ("The Schussboomer" about skiing in California, and "Notes from Lynne's Journal" about Oregon wildlife); travel and garden articles for regional magazines copy for DVD tours of the High Desert Museum and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, both in Bend, Oregon. She has published three non-fiction books, A Traveler's Guide to Historic California, Christmas Trivia Quiz, and His Daughter's Remembrance.
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2 Responses to Chipmunk or Squirrel?

  1. Jane Thompson says:

    Hi Lynne, I enjoyed reading your message about the golden mantle/chipmunks, we have them around our house, too.
    Great writing style!

    Like

  2. Martha Blowe says:

    Hello Lynne, I’m so glad you described the difference between Chipmunks and Golden Mantled
    Squirrels! I saw the Golden Mantled Squirrel at the High Desert Museum outside on the
    Grounds. Love all your stories!

    Like

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