The Chipmunk

Scienfic Name:- Tamias striatus & T. sibiricus

These are small,   decorative rodents of the squirrel family.   There are two species of Chipmunks commonly kept in captivity. T. striatus is from Northern USA and Canada and can still be kept as pets whilst the Siberian Chipmunks T. sibiricusfrom Siberia and Asia and Eastern are on the ''Alien Invasive Species'' list and can not be sold or bought,   bread or even given away in the UK (and EU). These rodents grow up to 30cm (including a 10cm tail&\,   weighing around 70-120g

Pet chipmunks should be handled and weighed regularly to ensure that any health problems can be picked up promptly.   If bringing your chipmunk into the vets it's best to bring them in a small container to make catching your chipmunk easier and less stressful

Habitat :- They are diurnal (active during the day),   very energetic and curious so the cage provided should be as large as possible,   with multiple levels and an exercise wheel to allow them to run,   climb and jump.   Although often solitary in the wild,   chipmunks often seem to fare better in captivity with a companion.   They can be kept in pairs of the opposite sex or a group of one male with up to 3 females.   However,   these groups should be established when young or adults should be introduced gradually to reduce the risk of fighting.

The Cage should bewire mesh a solid floor lined with bedding material such as paper towel or straw.   The mesh should be no larger than 15mm x 15mm to prevent limb injuries and shouldn't be coated or painted as this can be ingested and could be harmful.   Rocks,   branches,   tunnels,   ropes and tubes should be supplied to provide environmental enrichment.   A dust bath (a tray of sand or 9 parts sand to 1 part sterilized topsoil) should be provided for 30 minutes every day or every other day to remove excess oil and moisture from Their coat.   The cage should be spot-cleaned daily with any large areas of wet bedding and uneaten fruit or vegetables removed,   and fully cleaned out using a petsafe disinfectant once a week.

Diet :- They need a varied diet consisting of about 50% cereals (such as oats,   barley,   millet sprays,   wheat),   fruit and vegetables (such as apple,   pear,   peaches and plums,   bananas,  oranges,   carrot,   sweet potato),   nuts (pine nuts,   walnuts,   peanuts).   A cuttlefish can be placed in the cage to provide minerals as well as helping to wear down teeth.   Fresh drinking water should be available at all times from a securely attached bottle (protected from freezing if in an outside enclosure).

Life expectancy :- 6-10 years.

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