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Red-tailed Chipmunk Tamias ruficaudus


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Red-tailed Chipmunk
credit: Terry Gray/CCSA

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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Has a long tail that is red on the underside. Winter form is paler, but still has red tail.

Dimensions 223-248mm, 100-121mm, 53-62g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves, Forests & woodlands

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Northwest, Western Canada

Discussion Common in dense coniferous forests. Some suggest that the northern subspecies T. r. simulans should be elevated to full species based on the morphology of their genital bones.