Tamias dorsalis
(Cliff Chipmunk)

Order: Rodentia
Order Description:Rodents
Family: Sciuridae
Family Description: Chipmunks, Marmots and Squirrels

The stripes of this species are quite indistinct or absent except for a dark center one. Stripes are slightly more observable on the sides of the head. Total length is about 8 to 11 inches and it weighs about [ insert weight here].

From southwestern United States to northern Mexico.

It usually is found in rocky pinyon/juniper woodlands and lower elevations of pine forests. Also found in higher-elevation Douglas-fir and Mexican pine. In Idaho, occurs only in pinyon/juniper stands in south-central part of state and primarily inhabits cliffs and rocky areas.

Consumes wide variety of seeds, acorns, and fruits.

Most active in early morning and late afternoon. In Idaho, probably hibernates in winter like other chipmunks. May store food. Primarily terrestrial, but capable of climbing tree to forage for food. Little is known about ecology of this species. Its reported that they are loudly vocal with sharp, bark-like sounds. They hibernateClick word for definition but emerge on warm, winter days.

Probably similar to other western chipmunks which breed in spring and produce 1 litterClick word for definition of altricialClick word for definition young each year.

Status: Protected nongame species

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Information written by Donald Streubel,© 2000
Map image provided by
Stephen Burton,© 2000
Design by Ean Harker©1999, 2000.