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Siberian Chipmunk, Tamias sibiricus

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Short description of Tamias sibiricus, Siberian Chipmunk

Chipmunks are small, brown members of the squirrel family, less than 25 cm in total length, with a bold pattern of pale stripes across the face and along the back.  There are more than 20 species, but the Siberian chipmunk is the only one commonly kept as a pet in GB.

Description of Tamias sibiricus, Siberian Chipmunk status in GB

Chipmunks, probably mostly this species (the Siberian chipmunk), are occasionally reported in GB as single or multiple escapes from captivity.  No breeding has been reported.

Habitat summary: Tamias sibiricus, Siberian Chipmunk

Chipmunks inhabit coniferous and mixed boreal and temperate forests with a rich undergrowth of berry-bearing shrubs, as well as steppe and open areas. They often occur also in parks, gardens and cemeteries.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Siberia, Russian Far East, China, Mongolia, Kazan-retto, Nansei-shoto, Ogasawara-shoto, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia Central, Russia East, Russia North, Russia Northwest, Russia South
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: ?
Date of first record: 2004

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Siberian Chipmunk

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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