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Cliff chipmunk

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Cliff chipmunk

Cliff chipmunk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Tamias
Species: T. dorsalis
Binomial name
Tamias dorsalis
(Baird, 1855)
Synonyms

Neotamias dorsalis Baird, 1855

The cliff chipmunk (Tamias dorsalis) is a small, bushy-tailed squirrel that typically lives along cliff walls or boulder fields bordering Pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Western United States and Mexico. Cliff chipmunks are very agile, and can often be seen scaling steep cliff walls. Cliff chipmunks do not amass body fat as the more common ground squirrel does. They create a "stash" of food which they frequent during the cold winter months.

References

  1. ^ Linzey, A. V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S. T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. (2008). Tamias dorsalis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 January 2009.

External links

  • Schulz, Katja. "Cliff Chipmunk Tamias dorsalis". Encyclopedia of Life Field Guides. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
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