The least chipmunk (Tamias minimus) is the smallest chipmunk in North America. It is also the most widespread species of chipmunk in North America occurring across north-central and western United States and from British Columbia and southern Yukon to western Quebec in Canada. The species is found in a variety of habitats including mixed deciduous and coniferous forests, boreal forest, and sagebrush plains.
Description and behaviour
It is the smallest species of chipmunk in North America, measuring about 30-35 cm in total length with a weight of 25 to 66 grams. They have three dark lines with white in between along their face and five narrow black stripes with brown edges and white in between along their back. They are grey and reddish-brown on the sides and greyish white on their underparts. Their tail is orange-brown.
They breed in early spring. Females produce one litter usually of 5 or 6 young.
- Linzey, A. V. & Hammerson, G. (2008). Tamias minimus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
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- Hole, Jr., Robert. "Least Chipmunk Tamias minimus". Encyclopedia of Life Field Guides. Retrieved 7 December 2012.