The Chipmunk shot to fame with the release of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Cute, loveable and always in trouble! But does their on screen persona mirror the real thing? Check out our 20 Cheeky Chipmunk Facts to impress your friends with, just in time for the release of the latest Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip movie released in cinemas on 12th February with paid previews on February 6th & 7th.
Fun Chipmunk Facts
#1. Walt Disney made chipmunks famous first with the cartoon characters Chip n’ Dale, and more recently the singing sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore and the Chipettes; Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor have come to life on our screens.
#2. Did you know that there are 25 species of chipmunk and that they are mammals?
#3. All of the 25 species except one, the Siberian Chipmunk (Tamias Sibiricus), lives in North America and they can be found from Mexico to Canada.
#4. Chipmunks have stripes! Most of the 25 species of chipmunk are grey to reddish brown and have contrasting dark and light stripes on their tail, back and at the sides of their faces.
ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP is released in cinemas 12th February 2016 with paid previews on February 6th & 7th. Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Did You Know?
#5. Although they can’t sing like Alvin and the gang, wild chipmunks are very vocal and have three special chipmunk calls:
- The chip
- The chuck
- The startle
#6. Chipmunks talk a lot too, using bird like sounds and amusing gestures, they really are fun to watch.
#7. Chipmunks have 4 toes on their back paws and 5 toes on their front paws!
#8. A group of chipmunks are known as a scurry.
#9. Forget the chubby bunny challenge! A chipmunk’s cheeks can expand to three times the size of its head! They have special pouches in their cheeks to store food they have collected to take back to their burrows.
#10. They can gather up to 165 acorns per day according to National Geographic.
Baby Chipmunk Facts
#11. Chipmunks are about the size of a jelly bean when they are born. They have no hair, are pink and blind.
#12. Baby chipmunks are know as pups and a family of brothers and sisters are know as a litter. The litter is usually two to eight pups.
#13. Both Mum and Dad look after the chipmunk pups until they are six to eight weeks old. At this time they are ready to head out of the burrow into the world.
Eating, Sleeping and Growing
#14. During hibernation, chipmunks can seem like they are dead – the chipmunk’s heart rate can drop from 350 beats per minute to just 4 beats per minute and their body temperature can drop from 94F (34.4C) to as low as 40F (4.44C).
#15. Chipmunks are omnivores and feed on fruit, berries, seeds, nuts, grain and insects.
#16. The average life span for a chipmunk is two to three years.
#17. The average chipmunk is not much bigger than a tea cup, standing three to seven inches tall (8com to 18cm) and weighing from 1oz to 5oz (28g to 142g).
#18. The chipmunk’s tail can grow up to 5 inches long!
#19. Chipmunks are part of the squirrel family and are officially considered rodents.
#20. Finally, parents will love this one….chipmunks make great pets. Their antics will keep you amused for hours. But be warned, just like the chipmunks in the movies, they are exceptional escape artists so you will need to keep a close eye on them!
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