Siberian Chipmunk Buying Guide

Siberian chipmunks are one of the few chipmunks living in northeastern Europe and northern Asia in the forested areas of the rat species, many parts of our country also have their figure. Once the Siberian chipmunks can be described as “full of evil”, they often steal farmers planted walnuts, apricots, apples, pears, etc., but with the improvement of people’s standard of living, many people already do not care about this kind of behavior, and even a lot of people will be dedicated to come up with some food to feed them. In the city, you can often see people selling Siberian chipmunks in the pet market, after all, the face value is justice. If someone wants to buy a Siberian chipmunk, you may want to refer to this selection guide.

Start from the appearance

Body Type

Siberian chipmunks are large, with a body length of 12-17 centimeters and a weight of 50-150 grams.

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Head

The Siberian Chipmunk has an oval head with a long, narrow skull and a non-protruding cranium. The muzzle is short, with a buccal sac in the mouth; the nose protrudes beyond the upper incisors; and the ears are erect, with distinctive hair on the outside of the ear shells.

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Back

The back of the Siberian Chipmunk has five very distinct black longitudinal stripes separated by four yellowish stripes. The center one is black, the two closer ones are blackish-brown, and the two outermost ones are white.

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Limbs

The limbs of the Siberian chipmunk are slightly longer, with the hind limbs being longer than the forelimbs. The overall color is yellowish, with the inner parts being off-white or white.

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Tail

The Siberian Chipmunk’s tail is very long and fluffy, with a broom-like shape that extends to the sides. The upper part of the hair is dark brown, while the lower part is orange-yellow.

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Starting with health

  1. To see if the Siberian Chipmunk has any locomotor deficits, gently tap the cage to see how it reacts.
  2. See if the Siberian Chipmunk has any skin diseases. Those with skin diseases will have symptoms such as hair loss and baldness, which can be seen directly from their appearance.
  3. See if the Siberian Chipmunk has any discharge from its nose or eyes, if so, it is sick.
  4. See if the Siberian Chipmunk’s butt is clean, if the wetness around it proves that it has diarrhea, then its health is predictable.

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Is the Siberian Chipmunk a good keeper?

Siberian chipmunks are still very easy to keep, just pay attention to the following points.

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First of all, before we keep Siberian chipmunks, we need to prepare a cage, the cage is better to be bigger, at least bigger than the cage we usually keep hamsters, because Siberian chipmunks still have more activities, this is more important, usually we need to put some grass under the cage.

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Then, when we raise Siberian chipmunks, in the early stage, it will not be close to us, we need to contact with it for a period of time, otherwise it will not play with us, and in the early stage, we need to pay attention to not be bitten by the Siberian chipmunks, and don’t feed it with food in your hand.

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After that, when we raise Siberian chipmunks, we can feed a lot of food, such as: chestnuts, sunflower seeds, fenugreek seeds, you can also feed some fruits, which are all OK, feed, do not take the hand to feed it directly, throw it inside the cage can be.

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Do Siberian chipmunks bite?

Siberian chipmunks bite. When someone provokes or harms a Siberian chipmunk, the Siberian chipmunk will also bite because of the stress caused by the shock. If you are bitten by a hamster, rinse the wound directly and apply iodophor alcohol to sterilize it, and in serious cases, you need to go to the hospital for rabies vaccination.

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Another situation is that the owner’s hands smell of food, Siberian chipmunks take the owner’s fingers as food, it is recommended that you wash your hands before and after each feeding.

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How long do Siberian chipmunks live?

The lifespan of a Siberian chipmunk is usually around 5-10 years. After understanding the lifespan of Siberian chipmunks, let’s take a look at its feeding methods!

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Siberian chipmunks are quite active, so owners need to prepare a larger cage, which should be cleaned diligently, at least once a week.

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You can buy special feed for it, or feed it its favorite foods like carrots, potatoes, groundnuts, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Nutty foods can also be fed some. You need to give it plenty of drinking water, the water source should be clean, and it is best to change it once a day.

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How to Treat Siberian Chipmunks When They Are Sick

Parasitic enteritis

Parasitic enteritis is caused by the presence of protozoan parasites, such as Trichinella, in the flagellum of the Siberian chipmunk’s intestines. Symptoms of infection are mostly soft and watery stools, and in severe cases, dehydration may occur.

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Treatment can be oral antidiarrheal medication and antiparasitic medication at the same time, and the Siberian chipmunk’s poop must be cleaned up immediately and the cage disinfected.

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Colds

Most colds are caused by viruses, molds, and bacteria. The treatment is to take the Siberian Chipmunk to the doctor immediately, and the usual treatment is oral antibiotics. In addition, before the Siberian chipmunk catches a cold, the owner should pay attention to the temperature change of the Siberian chipmunk’s cage.

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What do Siberian chipmunks eat?

The Siberian Chipmunk is an omnivore, feeding on tree seeds, seeds, grains, mushrooms, fruits, vegetables, insects, small birds and lizards. It is mainly active during the daytime, and is most active during morning and evening, when owners can choose this time to interact with it.

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Siberian chipmunks like to eat carrots, groundnuts, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. They also like to eat nuts, and you can give Siberian chipmunks walnuts if you want them to grind their teeth.

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There are nutritionally balanced diets for Siberian Chipmunks on the market, but not every Siberian Chipmunk will like all the feeds in the diet and eat all of them, so it is important to pay attention to a balanced diet when feeding.

Siberian Chipmunk: A Survival Guide

The Siberian chipmunk, also known as the golden chipmunk, chipmunk, five-browed, chipmunk. There are 10 subspecies. It is medium-sized, with a body length of 13-16 centimeters and a tail length of 9-13 centimeters.

What is the Siberian Chipmunk?

The top of the head is brownish-black, the top and bottom of the eyes and the edges of the ears are white, the back of the body is light brown, and there are 5 distinct black longitudinal stripes on the back, the middle one is the longest and extends forward to the top of the head, and the outermost 2 are shorter and surrounded by white stripes. The limbs are pale yellow. Ventral surface and inside of limbs grayish white. The rump area is brown. The center of the ventral surface of the tail is brownish yellow. Caudal hairs are long, fluffy, broomlike, and extend to the sides. The limbs are slightly longer and the ear shells are clearly exposed outside the hair coat. The forelegs are bare and have cheek pouches.

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It inhabits mountainous coniferous forests and mixed coniferous forests. It is an omnivore, feeding on tree seeds, seeds, grains, fungi, fruits, vegetables, insects, small birds and lizards. Half arboreal, half terrestrial. Mostly builds holes under trees. Daytime activity. Good tree climber and agile. Hibernates in winter. Breeds once a year with 4-6 litters.

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Hair from head to back is light brown to blackish yellowish brown, with five distinct black longitudinal stripes on the back, separated by four yellowish stripes. The middle one is black and extends from the top of the head back to the base of the tail. The outer two are blackish brown and the outermost two are white, both starting at the shoulders and ending at the rump.

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The tail hairs are blackish brown above and orange below, and the ear shells are blackish brown with white sides. The dorsal hairs are yellowish brown, the rump hairs orange, earthy yellow or brown, and the limbs are the same color as the dorsum of the body. The thorax, ventral surface and inner side of the limbs are grayish white or white, and the central part of the ventral surface of the tail is brownish yellow.

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Mainly active during the day, most active in the morning and evening, more time on the ground, less activity in the trees. Good tree-climbing, agile and curious action, steep slopes, cliffs, tree trunks can climb, from time to time to make a piercing call. Semi-hibernating, early spring and late fall also have a small amount of activity. The largest number of chipmunks is found in mid-July throughout the year, which is related to the activity of young mice coming out of their nests.

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Siberian Chipmunk Survival

Chipmunk is a very cute little animal, I believe that many people have never seen it, most of their images are in some books, textbooks, so many of us even if we have not seen them, they will feel very familiar. Moreover, the fun you get from raising this cute little animal won’t be less than raising cats and kittens. Let’s get to know this cute little animal.

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These adorable little creatures crave long periods of solitude and can hide very large amounts of food in their mouths. Eastern chipmunks are common in the eastern U.S. and southern Canada, inhabiting deciduous woodlands and city parks. Chipmunks have big eyes, thick fur, regular stripes, and chubby cheeks – all in all, they’re very cute! You may have seen them in zoos, wild woodlands, or in Disney cartoons. They are not only cute, but also have interesting diets, living habits and personality preferences!

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There are 25 species of chipmunks in Canada and Mexico, and their habitats include forests, deserts, and urban suburbs. There is only one species of chipmunk that has made its home outside of North America, and that is the Siberian chipmunk.

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Some chipmunks like to nest in logs, shrubs, or make huge burrows in the ground. They make false entrances to confuse trespassers, have interior tunnel structures that can reach 3 to 9 meters, feature food storage and nurseries, and are decorated with clean foliage and other plants.

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Almost any predator larger than a chipmunk is a potential threat to them, such as owls, hawks, weasels, foxes, wolves, raccoons, bobcats, lynxes, cats, dogs, snakes, and even their closest relative, the red squirrel! In order to avoid becoming a meal for other animals, chipmunks have to be fast and agile and only move around their burrows. They are always on the lookout for food, and when they see danger, they run back to their burrow, hide in the bushes, or even climb a tree.

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Starting in late October, they gradually enter a state of hibernation, with their heart rate slowing down and their body temperature dropping until March or April. But unlike bears, chipmunks don’t store fat ahead of time to survive the entire cold season. They wake up periodically to stock up on nuts and seeds and even venture outside to forage for food.

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Chipmunks are meant to hibernate, and those who engage in engineering hate chipmunks because they make holes in the ground, about 10-15 meters below ground, and make a big hole in the ground, which holds its spring, summer, and fall stores of food, especially nuts, and if someone digs a chipmunk hole in the winter, that one he will GET at least 100 large, large nuts.

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Chipmunks are omnivorous, feeding on beans, wheat, grains and squash. Spring invasion of farmland digging and eating sown crop seeds, fall use cheek pouches to steal and transport a large amount of grain, a warehouse storage grain can be up to 5 ~ 10 pounds. It also climbed to the tree to eat walnuts, apricots, apples, pears and so on. Because of the food storage place memory is not strong, to a certain extent, the role of “seeding”.

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Siberian Chipmunk Fur

Siberian chipmunk head to the back of the hair is light brown to black and yellowish brown, the back of the five obvious black longitudinal stripes, between the four yellowish stripes apart. The center one is black and extends from the top of the head back to the base of the tail. The outer two are blackish brown and the outermost two are white, both starting at the shoulders and ending at the hips.

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The Siberian Chipmunk‘s tail coat is blackish brown on top and orange on the bottom, and the ear shells are blackish brown with white sides. The dorsal fur is yellowish brown, the rump fur is orange, earthy yellow or brown, and the limbs are the same color as the back of the body. The thorax, ventral surface and inner side of the limbs are off-white or white, and the center of the caudal-ventral surface is brownish-yellow.