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280 days of Urbpandemonium #5

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This eastern chipmunk Tamias striatus is demonstrating its semi-arboreal habits. These small squirrels are primarily forest burrowers, but will escape to trees if a burrow is not available. Their burrows are also where they keep their caches of seeds, making them important in the ecology of forests as seed-disperser. They are broad omnivores, eating a variety of plant, animal, and fungal foods. Hamster-like cheek pouches allow them to transport food.

Eastern chipmunks do well in suburban habitats, as long as there are stone walls and shrubs to serve as refuges from their many predators. Chipmunks are an important vector for tick-borne illnesses, though much less so than Peromyscus mice.

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perspicuity
Mar. 28th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
i find it interesting that people assign such critters to the role "vegan"...

it's probably esp horrifying for them to find out that many so called vegetable-arian beasties will readily eat nearly anything they find, animal, mineral, or vegetable (“I collect spores, molds and fungus” - Egon)

someone posted recently about deer eating live birds from mist nets...

yar

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