Chipmunk - This is a small rodent of the squirrel family. Its length is up to 15 centimeters, and the tail - up to 12. It weighs up to 150 grams. It looks like a very cute and beautiful animal, which you want to pick up, stroke and feed.
The name chipmunk comes from a characteristic sound called “chipmunk” made before the rain. Chipmunk looks like a squirrel, only on the back has five stripes of black color along the back. Between them are light stripes.
Listen to the voice of the chipmunk
These animals have 25 species, but the most numerous and common are three species:
1. Chipmunk East American
2. Chipmunk squirrel or red squirrel
3. Chipmunk Siberian (Eurasian)
Their coat is gray-red in color, and on the abdomen - from light gray to white. They molt once a year at the beginning of autumn, changing their fur to dense and warm. Their heart rate reaches 500 beats per minute, and the respiratory rate is up to 200. The body temperature is normally 39 degrees. They are partially similar to a squirrel:
- Forelegs longer than hind legs
- Big ears
- Little claws
And also chipmunks are similar to gophers by some external signs and behavior:
- Dig burrows and live in them.
- They have cheek pouches.
- No tassels on the ears.
- He gets up on his hind legs and monitors the situation.
Chipmunks are not aggressive, compared to squirrels, and quickly get used to people. Therefore, not rare cases of residence chipmunk in a cage at home.
Most chipmunks live in deciduous forests in North America. Siberian chipmunk spreads from Europe to the Far East, and south to China. Inhabited in the taiga, the chipmunks climb trees well, but animals arrange a dwelling in a hole. The entrance to it is carefully camouflaged by leaves, branches, maybe in an old rotten stump, in a dense shrub.
Nora in animals up to three meters long with several dead-end compartments for pantries, toilets, accommodation and feeding of young in females. The living room is covered with dry grass. Chipmunks have large bags behind the cheeks, in which they carry food supplies for the winter, and also drag the earth when digging burrows away from it in order to mask.
Each chipmunk has its own territory, and it is not customary for them to violate its borders. An exception is the spring mating of the male and the female for procreation. The female in this period calls the males with a specific signal. They come running and have fights.
The female mates with the winner. After that, they disperse in their territories until next spring. The animals lead a daily lifestyle. With the dawn they come out of their holes, climb trees, eat, bask in the sun, play. With the onset of darkness, they hide in burrows. In the fall, I harvest up to two kilograms of food for the winter, dragging them by the cheeks.
From mid-October to April chipmunks are sleepingcurled in a ball, and the nose is hidden to the abdomen. They cover their heads with their tail. But in the winter they wake up several times to eat and go to the toilet. In the spring on sunny days, animals begin to crawl out of their holes, climb a tree and bask.
Chipmunks can spend the night right on the tree, covering their tail like a blanket
Chipmunks animals forests and interesting facts about them
When danger approaches, the animal rises on its hind legs and utters an intermittent whistle. Over 15 meters from the predator or human, the chipmunk escapes, continuing to whistle more often, diverting danger from the hole. Usually runs and hides in a dense bush or climbs a tree.
Listen to the whistle of the chipmunk
By whistling, you can find out if the animal is sitting or running. Rumor has it that chipmunk suicide animal. If someone ruins the animal’s burrow and eats all the supplies, he finds a forked branch, sticks his head into this horn and hangs himself :). If this were so, then in the taiga one could see numerous gallows from the chipmunks. However, this is not observed.
About the chipmunks it must be said that they sometimes become carriers of certain diseases dangerous to humans: tick-borne encephalitis and toxoplasmosis. But they themselves are susceptible to many diseases:
- Dermal - Dermatitis
- Cardiovascular from Fright
- Respiratory In this case, sneezing and secretion of fluid from the nose are observed.
Chipmunk is used as a pet in many families. He quickly adapts next to the person and behaves calmly. Being not not aggressive animalsin a few days chipmunk already starting to take food from the hands of man. But for its maintenance of the house special conditions are needed:
- The cage should be at least 1 meter by 1 meter and a height of 50 centimeters
- Must have a wheel
- Inside the cage is a lodging house with dimensions of 15 by 15 centimeters with an opening with a diameter of 3 centimeters. Inside, lay dry grass.
In a cage, they live by the principle of burrows. In one corner they go to the toilet, in the other corner they stockpile. Though chipmunks animals forestsbut they are unpretentious to food at home. They love all kinds of cereals, fruits, cookies, lump sugar, carrots. Animals need to be given chalk, boiled eggs.
The chipmunk itself is a neat animal, but stocks should sometimes be removed from its pantry because they deteriorate. The presence of stocks indicates that the animal eats up during feeding. After a few days, you can let him out for a walk around the room. At home, animals do not sleep in winter, but lead an active lifestyle, but they rarely breed offspring.
Chipmunks: photo, appearance
Usually there are three subgenus of chipmunks:
- Siberian (Asian) inhabiting Siberia, the Far East, the Urals, the North of the European part of Russia. Consists of one species Tamias sibiricus.
Chipmunk Tamias sibiricus
- East American (eastern), living in the North-East of North America. Also consists of one species of Tamias striatus,
East American Chipmunk Tamias striatus
- The third subgenus - Neotamias, numerous species of which live on the west coast of North America.
The animal is small: length up to 17 cm, tail - up to 12 cm, weight - up to 110 g. It resembles a small squirrel in the warehouse. The general tone of the color is reddish-gray, the abdomen is grayish-white. The main adornment of the chipmunk is 5 longitudinal black stripes and a fluffy tail, although not as luxurious as that of a squirrel. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front.
Chipmunks, like gophers, hamsters and some other rodents, have voluminous cheek pouches that are invisible to the eye when empty, and swollen when a thirsty little animal stuffs various food there. In the photo, a chipmunk with tightly packed cheek bags.
Chipmunks are diurnal animals, their large, slightly bulging eyes provide animals with a large viewing angle. It is the eyes that play the main role in protecting against natural enemies, and the beast has a great many ears - birds of prey, ermines, foxes, martens, etc.
All types of chipmunks are similar both in habits and in appearance, only slightly differing in color and size. Very rarely is the so-called “white” color (not to be confused with albinos) caused by the presence of a recessive gene.
Reproduction and longevity
With the onset of spring, the male mates with the female, and after a month, babies from 5 to 12 appear. After mating, the female drives the male into its territory, and, in the future, brings up the cubs alone. Feeding babies lasts about two months. After that, they can exist independently.
In the photo, a baby chipmunk
Cubs do not grow proportionately. First, the head grows, and then the body grows. Two weeks later, the kids grow fur with stripes on their backs. Three weeks later, their eyes open. Chipmunks live in nature for 2 to 3 years due to the large number of enemies:
At home, animals live up to ten years.
Chipmunks: habitat, lifestyle
Chipmunks live in coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests, most often they can be found along the clefts, along the edges, river valleys, in cluttered areas of the forest, where there is felling. They settle in the mountains to the limit of forest distribution. Avoids parkland forests without undergrowth and windfall, as well as wetlands. Eastern chipmunk often lives among rocks and rocky placers.
Under natural conditions, chipmunks feed mainly on the seeds of various wild and cultivated plants, from time to time diversifying their diet with insects and mollusks. The animals climb trees perfectly, it is on the trees that they extract most of the provisions.
In the dense grass, under the fallen trees, their roots and stumps chipmunks dig burrows with many rooms, hiding the entrance among the branches of shrubs and stones.
Each animal has a separate dwelling, often chipmunks' burrows are close, or even close to each other - animals can create entire colonies. But by their nature, these animals are loners. Each has its own plot, and violation of the boundaries of the latter leads to heated fights. On grain fields it is often possible to meet a large number of chipmunks, but each of them still tries to emphasize their isolation - animals mark their sites with urine or body odor, which they leave when rubbing their stomach against the ground. Chipmunks strictly monitor that the neighbor does not violate the border.
The chipmunk's dwelling has all the necessary facilities: an entrance hall, a bedroom, a pantry and even a restroom. The sleeping room is always well lined. The pantry stores food supplies for the winter - seeds, cereals, acorns, nuts, etc. Each animal weighing 100 g collects from 2 to 8 kilograms of food supplies for the winter period!
It is clear that a kilogram of provisions will be more than enough for the winter, but instinct does not allow the rodent to sit still and makes the animal make reserves, and the more the better. A neat rodent carefully sorts the provisions and folds them into separate pantries. Chipmunks begin workpieces in the second half of August. Stocks are transported like regular food in cheek pouches, often covering distances of more than a kilometer.
The animals hibernate for a long time, from October to April, almost throughout the distribution area. All this time they spend in the dormitory of their hole, sometimes waking up in order to eat. During hibernation, as a rule, chipmunks do not eat up all the reserves, leaving most of them in a hungry spring. If any animal ruins the stocks of the chipmunk (this is mainly done by the bears), then wintering can end badly for the animal.
It is rumored that the chipmunks are suicidal animals, supposedly they are hung on branches if their pantries are ruined. However, this is nothing more than the tales of Siberian hunters. The instinct of self-preservation is extremely developed in animals, and there can be no such thing as "commit suicide".
After the chipmunks get out of hibernation, they start a race. During this period, females declare their mating moods, urging males with characteristic sounds similar to a subtle whistle.
The gestation time by the female is 30-32 days. Usually 3 to 6 babies are born, rarely more. Burundi are born blind and without hair, but the hair grows so fast that within 2 weeks after birth, each animal becomes the owner of a good striped fur. Approximately on the twentieth day of life, cubs open their eyes. And after 4-5 weeks, when the feeding time ends, they first leave the hole. Animals reach puberty rather late - at the age of 11 months.
These animals are rodents. They have mostly plant foods:
Chipmunks sometimes take animal food: larvae, worms, insects. If a person plants vegetables near the animal’s dwelling, then the chipmunk with pleasure will eat cucumber, carrots, tomatoes. A cereal stalk bites on a grain field, picks out all the grains into cheek bags from a spikelet in a matter of seconds, and runs away.
Chipmunk can hide many grains behind its cheeks
The animals make stocks in a hole, laying out different species in separate rooms. These bins are needed for spring, when there is practically little food. When the sun starts to warm well, the chipmunk pulls out the remaining stocks to dry.
Chipmunks became so loved that their characters appeared in cartoons: Chip and Dale and Alvin and the Chipmunks. And the cities of Krasnoturinsk and Volchansk in the Sverdlovsk region have an image of a chipmunk on their emblems.
On the screen, viewers meet with a trinity of chipmunks speaking in a squeaky voice. They not only talk, but also create a musical trio and perform songs of the chipmunks. The film "Chipmunks" was glorified by musician Dave Saville, who wrote songs for this series.
Chipmunk as a pet
As a pet chipmunk has many advantages. The animal does not require a lot of space, does not have a specific “mouse” smell, is characterized by cleanliness (it is enough to clean the cage once a week), and most importantly, the chipmunk is active during the day and sleeps peacefully at night, which compares favorably with many other rodents that lead a nocturnal lifestyle. Care for the chipmunk is not burdensome, and you do not need to rack your brains over the preparation of the diet - the chipmunk is omnivorous, it is easy to provide it with food.
Chipmunk is trusting and easily makes contact with a person. To tame it, you just need to constantly feed it from your hands. True, if you do not pay attention to him for some time, all skills are forgotten, and you will have to establish “friendly ties” again.
At home, the chipmunk can live up to ten years, while in the natural habitat its age is not long - no more than three or four years.
Among the shortcomings can be noted the possibility of falling into hibernation and aggression towards brothers in winter if hibernation did not take place. In nature, the hibernation of these animals lasts from autumn to the end of March. Chipmunks living in an apartment during this period become slower. It happens that for a long time they do not leave their houses, but occasionally wake up to stretch their bones and refresh themselves. In addition, the animals are too curious, so you can not let them out of the cage and leave them unattended.
Females easily get along together, but when males are together, conflicts are usually inevitable. It is recommended that males and females be placed in the same cage only if they wish to have offspring. If you plan to breed chipmunks, do not take babies from one litter!
The desire, laid down by nature, to preserve their supplies from relatives explains the relationship of the chipmunks with each other. From spring to the end of summer, the animals are peacefully tuned, in captivity sometimes during this period a couple or brood of rodents can be kept in a common cage (although it’s better not to do this). But by the end of August - September, they become very intolerant of their cell neighbors and are constantly fighting. It happens that during this period relations even with the owner deteriorate, because the chipmunks need to be protected from the "outsiders" in winter.
Chipmunks - animals are very nimble and active, in nature in 1 hour they are able to run a distance of more than 12 km. In order to satisfy the need for movement of such active pets, the cage should be spacious enough - at least 50 cm in length, 50 cm in width and 100 cm in height. A meter height is necessary, as the chipmunks love to climb up. If the cage contains two animals, the size of the cage should be increased at least twice.
The cage should be metal with nickel-plated rods, the distance between the rods is not more than 1.5 cm.Inside the cage it is necessary to establish branches on which the animal could climb. A sleeping house is another necessary accessory, its minimum dimensions are 15 × 15x15 cm, the diameter of the inlet is at least 3 cm. It is better if the house is made of wood. If several animals are kept in a cage, then a separate house should be provided for each. For convenient cleaning, the floor of the cage can be made in the form of a drawer. It is recommended to use peat as a litter, and sawdust will be suitable.
Make sure that there are feeders, an automatic ball drinking bowl and a running wheel in the cage (choose a wheel from 18 cm in diameter, with a solid surface).
Even if there is enough spacious and equipped with everything necessary housing, chipmunks periodically need to be let out of the cage for a walk, otherwise they will develop a uniform movement - the animal jumps from the floor to the wall of the cage, from wall to ceiling and again down. And so endlessly. This behavior of the chipmunk suggests that he does not have enough living space. But do not forget that while walking for a curious beast you need an eye and an eye!
Chipmunks can hardly tolerate heat and can even die from overheating, being under the scorching rays of the sun. Therefore, it is better to keep the cage in a shaded place. But the sun should not be completely deprived of a pet either. Sometimes, in the mornings, when the sun is not baking yet, you can put a cage on the windowsill. There must be a place in the cage where the animal can hide from the sun.
As already mentioned, nature is arranged so that under natural conditions in the winter, chipmunks fall into hibernation. When the chipmunks are kept at home, hibernation may not take place, especially if the animals are kept at a constant room temperature. It’s just that the animal becomes less active, less often leaves its shelter. But if you have a pair of animals, and next summer you want to get offspring from them, hibernation will need to be arranged artificially by lowering the temperature in the room where the pets are kept to + 5- + 10 C. Such is the physiology of these animals, without the hibernation of the female, the appearance of offspring unlikely.
A complete chipmunk diet consists of dry food and juicy food with small additives of animal proteins.
The proportion of dry food in the diet of a rodent should be about 70%. Today in specialized stores you can find ready-made feed for chipmunks, and a feed mixture designed for squirrels or hamsters will suit them. But it is better to choose the products of well-known, trusted manufacturers, for example Fiory, Padovan, Beaphar. These foods will provide your striped rodent with almost everything you need.
Chipmunks are happy to eat all kinds of nuts. But keep in mind that animals cannot be given almonds - it contains harmful hydrocyanic acid. Nuts, except cedar, give peeled. Oatmeal, seeds, acorns, cereals, shoots of branches - all this will serve as an excellent and useful food for your striped pet.
Juicy food - green parts of plants, berries, fruits and vegetables - should make up about 30% of the ration of the animal.
Fruits and green food should be washed and peeled thoroughly, as animals are susceptible to pesticides.
Twice a week, a striped pet is given a protein supplement. In this capacity, crickets, zofobos, flour worms, grasshoppers, slugs are suitable. Some individuals do not mind tasting low-fat cottage cheese, eggs, boiled chicken (fatty meat and poultry should not be given).
Despite the fact that the animal will eat almost everything that would not be offered to him, food from the person’s table, such as sausage, sweets, etc. sooner or later lead to health problems. Chipmunks, like most rodents, are contraindicated in fried, baked, salty, sour, sweet (with the exception of a drop of honey, which can sometimes be pampered to a pet), salt, spices and preservatives.
Do not forget, there must always be fresh water in the cage.
Check the chipmunk's pantries regularly so that the accumulated provisions do not begin to deteriorate. By the number of stocks, you can determine whether the chipmunk receives enough feed.
If you decide to have this handsome man at home, then we do not recommend purchasing a chipmunk from your hands or in the bird market - it is likely to bring a sick and wild animal home. It is better to spend time looking for a good breeder - so you get a peppy, healthy and manual chipmunk, and in addition, you can get competent advice on care and maintenance.
What you need to know before buying a chipmunk?
Chipmunks are classified as rare pets, so its purchase must be made either in special stores or from breeders. Before a final decision on the purchase of this animal is made, make sure its authenticity, try to find out about the parents and about the state of health. It is recommended to buy a chipmunk in a nursery or from breeders, because animals can live in pet stores for a long period of time and become the owner of mental disorders provoked by numerous buyers and other factors.
There are much more chances to buy a pet that can quickly get used to new conditions, namely when contacting the breeders. In order to determine whether the chipmunk is domestic or wild, just look at their way to go to the toilet - tame animals choose a specific area in the cage for this purpose, and wild animals tend to use the whole space for their needs.
The average cost of a chipmunk is 5-6 thousand rubles. For the acquisition of a pet, the best time is spring and summer. Animals are characterized by the greatest activity in this period, which means that it will be possible to track their condition. With the onset of autumn, they can become aggressive, and in the winter be apathetic or just go into hibernation, and then it will be problematic to determine their state of health. Immediately after you have purchased your pet, or even before the purchase, you must show the chipmunk to the veterinarian.
How to feed a chipmunk?
Organizing meals for the chipmunk is quite simple due to its unpretentiousness in the diet. You can buy finished products or prepare food for your pet yourself.
Chipmunks prefer the following products:
- nuts and acorns
- sunflower seeds
- oat flakes,
- fruits and berries.
For a small chipmunk, you must first peel the fruit from the peel and do not feed the pet with almonds. In addition to the products listed in the list above, chipmunks can also eat cottage cheese, cookies and cereals in milk. Be sure to check the freshness of the food to avoid harm to health.
In addition, it is important that the chipmunk receive protein of animal origin, the sources of which can be eggs, raw meat and various insects. Since the chipmunks are prone to storing food, check the places reserved for the pet to clean up spoiled supplies and prevent the animal from poisoning. It is also necessary to check how clean the water is and to replace it in time.
Chipmunk maintenance and care
Within a few weeks after the chipmunk was purchased, it is recommended not to rush to pick it up; you should also not let the animal out of the cage for a long time - it needs to adapt to the new conditions and its owner. Feed the animal by hand, avoid sudden movements and in no case raise your voice, because the chipmunk can get scared. With constant communication, soon the pet will respond to the nickname and run to the owner.
Chipmunks are clean and capable of self-care. The owner of the animal must change the filler and clean the cage every week. As already mentioned, home chipmunks go to the toilet in a certain corner, so it is better to install a special tray for these purposes. Excrement should be taken every day.
Chipmunks are mobile and active animals. When living in natural conditions, they can travel a distance of more than 12 km per day. That is why it is important for the owners of these animals to ensure their active lifestyle. Walks are suitable for this purpose. The first time after acquiring a pet - for about three weeks, do not let the chipmunk out for a long time so that it cannot escape. Gradually accustom the animal to walks, while necessarily controlling it, because following his instincts, the pet can gnaw on various home decoration.
Experts advise closing the windows during the walk so that the chipmunk does not run away, becoming interested in tree branches. Isolate other pets - you can walk the chipmunk in a separate room by closing the doors. In those cases when he refuses to return to the cage, attempts to catch will be futile. It is better to use the treats that you need to put in the cage.
The optimal place for the chipmunk to live must meet the following requirements:
- the presence of free space in the cage (suitable dimensions for one animal: 1 meter in height, 1 meter in width and 0.5 meters in depth),
- strength and reliability of the material - it is best to use a cage made of metal wire, because a chipmunk will quickly gnaw through a wooden structure,
- the presence of a pallet at the bottom of the cage will greatly facilitate cleaning,
- as filler you need to use sawdust, hay or peat - this will help achieve similarity with natural conditions,
- in a cage there should be: a drinking bowl, a feeding trough, a running wheel,
- Additionally, you can equip the pet’s home with shelves, ladders or a log so that it can actively move,
- equip the cage with two houses - one of them will replace the hole necessary for the animal, and the other will serve as a storehouse for supplies.
The houses should be made of natural materials - wood. In its shape and dimensions, it can be a cube with side dimensions of about 30 cm. The houses are sold in special stores. It is important that there is no glue on them, because the chipmunk will begin to gnaw it, which can lead to poisoning due to the presence of chemicals in the composition. To create a comfortable environment, cover the bottom of the house with dry foliage, straw or a cloth.
Chipmunks do not tolerate heat, so the cage must be removed away from the sun. Avoid and drafts. With the onset of spring, you can put the cage in such a way that the rays of the sun fall on it, because after hibernation, animals prefer to warm themselves.
When two chipmunks live in the same house, in autumn it is necessary to make resettlement before the beginning of spring. This measure is required so that the animals that become aggressive during hibernation do not attack each other.
The animal is famous for its black and brown stripes on the back. The belly is mostly light. He molts once a year. In nature, the chipmunk lives no more than three years, as it often becomes the prey of larger animals. But if he lives at home, then he can live up to 10 years of age. It lives mainly in the roots of trees or rotten stumps, where it creates its holes. Very rarely, he can live in a hollow tree.
Chipmunk content at home
It is quite simple to keep these animals at home. They relate to a person without fear, so it will be quite easy to tame them. They sleep all night, and stay awake during the day. Animals get used to a person very quickly and can eat out of hand. And they can ask for food, even if they are full, thereby quickly getting used to their hands. After holding a chipmunk in a cage for 2-3 weeks, it can be released to walk around the apartment.
For the animal to become manual, it is necessary feed him regularlywithout making any sudden movements. They are very curious, therefore, letting them out of the cage, you need to follow them all the time, otherwise the animals can do some dirty tricks.
In summer, they should be kept in pairs; chipmunks get along very well with each other. But with the onset of autumn, they wake up the natural instinct of hibernation and animals can show little aggression. During this period, it is better to seat them apart. Under natural conditions, they are in hibernation from autumn to spring. Chipmunks at this time of the year become slower, without leaving their house for weeks, appearing only to eat and stretch the bones.
Being in the apartment, the pet can move freely around the rooms, while it can easily enter the balcony and jump out the window, as well as run out into the open front door. Therefore, the cell is extremely important for him.
The cage must be metal, free enough and high so that the animal can be in comfortable conditions. Its optimal size should be as follows:
- height - 80 cm or 1 m,
- width - 40 cm or 50 cm,
- length - 40 cm.
Even being in such a spacious cage, the animal should be released for a walk.
The bottom of the cell should be sprinkled with peat or sawdust. Near one of the walls you can attach a shelf along which the animal will be worn with pleasure. Preferably install a running wheel inside the cagebut it should be half the squirrel. Performing such cross-country workouts, the chipmunk maintains his muscle tone and good mood, because he cannot live without movement.
In the cage, you can also install a house measuring 30x25x30 cm, in which the chipmunk will stock up and sleep. If the animal wants to equip the nest in it, put rags, leaves or hay inside. Happy such the litter should be removed from the houseto ventilate, and in the evening must be put back. Regular cleaning should be done in the house: disinfect nooks and clean up old supplies.
Chipmunk is very neat and goes to the toilet only in one and the same place. It is desirable to make the floor of the cage like a drawer, this facilitates the cleaning process.
Animals do not tolerate heat at all and often die from overheating, being exposed to the sun at a temperature of +25 degrees. therefore the cage must be installed in a dark placewhere the chipmunk will be saved from the heat. In the spring, when the sun doesn’t burn so much, the cage with the animal can be brought out to bask in the non-hot sunlight.
What to feed a home chipmunk?
Chipmunk food can be purchased at pet stores, or you can create your own diet. Home animals eat almost everything.
It is best to feed them:
- sunflower seeds
Before eating, it is advisable to remove the peel from the fruit, because the animals do not tolerate chemical additives.
It is undesirable to include almonds in their diet, because the silicone acid contained in it is very harmful to the chipmunks.
Favorite treats of the animal are:
- cottage cheese,
- cool boiled milk porridge.
Chipmunks food should be both soft and dry. Thanks to solid pieces of food, animals grind constantly growing incisors, so a piece of chalk can be put in a cage.
The menu must contain animal protein contained in eggs, raw meat, insects, larvae of flour worms. In the summer, chipmunks can be offered snails, bugs, slugs and grasshoppers.
That untouchable reserve that the animal makes in his house must be regularly checked. Otherwise, the products there will simply go out. Also, every day you need to change the water in the drinker.
Chipmunk is considered to be a very neat animal, so when you start it at home, you can be sure that it will never smell of it. Moreover, this the animal is very cute and funnytherefore, if there are children in the family, it will bring them only pleasure. With proper care, the chipmunk can live for many years.