Depending on species, chipmunks can be gray to reddish-brown in color with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face and across their back and tail.
Ranging from Canada to Mexico, they are generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety of environments from alpine forests to shrubby deserts. Some dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while other makes their homes in nests, bushes, or logs
Chipmunks, are the smallest members of the squirrel family, feed, on nuts, acorns, seeds, mushrooms, fruit,. Berries, insects, bird eggs, snails and sometimes small mammals like young mice. They stuff food into their cheek pouches and carry it to their burrows to store. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter. Chipmunks generally gather food on the ground in areas with underbrush, rocks, and logs, where they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels, and snakes.
Their shrill, repeated, birdlike chirp is usually made upon sensing a threat but is also thought to be used as a mating call by females. Chipmunks are solitary creatures and normally ignore one another except during the spring.