Controlling nuisance chipmunks
The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a ground-dwelling rodent common across Missouri, particularly in the Ozark region. Chipmunks have distinctive stripes on their rusty red to chestnut brown fur. Five dark brown stripes line the back -- one down the backbone from the neck to rump, two on each side from shoulder to rump. A creamy buff stripe separates the dark stripes. Mature chipmunks are 9 to 10 inches long and weigh about 3 ounces. The flattened, bushy tail is about one-third the animal's length. They sit upright and hold food in their forefeet while eating. Their heads are blunt and squirrel-like, and they carry food and other material in furred cheek pouches.
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