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Lodgepole Chipmunk (Tamias speciosus)
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Lodgepole Chipmunk (Tamias speciosus)

General: Lodgepole Chipmunks (Tamias speciosus) have bright colors. The dorsal stripes are distinct, but the contrast between them is low (dark stripes not black, light stripes not white), and the lateral-most dark stripe may be absent. The facial stripes are brown except for a bit of black next to eye. The top of the head is brown, and the ears are dark in front and light behind.

Technical Description: Size 7-9 in. Stripes distinct. Median dorsal stripe black, side stripes brown; outermost stripes sometimes absent. Facial stripes dull. Ear dark in front, light behind. Tail may have dark ring near tip.

Lodgepole Chipmunk (Tamias speciosus)

Distribution: Lodgepole Chipmunks live in the higher mountains of California. Look for them in the Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto mountains. In Nevada, they occur in the higher elevations west of Lake Tahoe.

Habitat: High elevation lodgepole and red fir forests, often with manzanita.

Similar Species: Yellow-pine chipmunks have distinct black stripes on the side and live at lower elevations. Least chipmunks are smaller and live lower. Alpine chipmunks are smaller and live higher.

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Lodgepole Chipmunk (Tamias speciosus) Ear is dark in front and white behind. Only a bit of black adjacent to the eye; the rest of the stripe is brown.
Lodgepole Chipmunk (Tamias speciosus) Lodgepole Chipmunk; note that there is essentially no black bordering the outside of the white stripe.
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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