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California Chipmunk Tamias obscurus


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California Chipmunk
credit: Maholyoak/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Large chipmunk with a bushy tail. Head is grayish on top and striped in white on the sides. Back has brown and gray stripes. Striping is less distinguished in winter pelage.

Dimensions 200-250mm, 70-120mm, 60-84g

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats

Range California

Discussion Overlaps slightly in range with the very similar Merriam’s Chipmunk. Stands on hind feet to give “chip” vocalization. Common in sandy and rocky areas with sparse pinyon pine, juniper, and scrub oak vegetation.