Which is Faster, a Chipmunk Or a Squirrel?
You’ve probably wondered, “Which is faster, a chipmunk or a squirrel?” The answer to this question depends on the species. You may be interested in learning about the Townsend’s chipmunk, the Douglas squirrel, the Antelope squirrel, or the Golden-mantled ground squirrel. Read on for the answer to your question! But first, let’s talk about squirrels.
The yellow-pine chipmunk is the most common species of chipmunk in Western Washington. It is tawny in color and can also be a pinkish cinnamon color. The yellow-pine chipmunk has five dark and four light stripes on its back. They are most active during the daytime, and typically start their activity before sunrise and stop midway. They can also be seen feeding on berries. They can also be found eating seeds, acorns, grasses, insects, and even mushrooms.
The Western gray and Klamath Mountains are home to the Townsend’s chipmunk, a smaller species. These two species share a habitat and are often confused as one species. These squirrels both make squeaky calls that may be mistaken for songbirds. However, a black-headed grosbeak has a single alarm call, while the Townsend’s chipmunk produces a series of fast trills.
The Douglas squirrel is a small species that lives from Mexico to British Columbia. It is smaller than a gray squirrel, but just as fast. Recently, a Douglas squirrel managed to scurry into a shipping container and get delivered to its destination in Fairbanks first class. Unfortunately, it came down the sort line without postage, and mail sorters were confused, thinking it had scurried into the building and gotten lost.
This species lives throughout western Washington, and prefers dense conifer forests. Adult Douglas squirrels have dark brown fur with orange bellies. Their tails are bushier than those of the Western Gray. Their coats are gray during the winter, with a black stripe running down their body. The tail is bushier than that of other rodents, but their bodies are gray. They also have smaller teeth than chipmunks.
Although the speed of the antelope squirrel is often compared to that of the chipmunk, the two squirrel species have different characteristics. White-tailed antelope squirrels are smaller than chipmunks, but both are fast. They are small, about 7.5 inches long and weigh less than five ounces. They have white underbellies and tiny ears. Antelope squirrels live in sandy deserts of central and southwestern Asia.
White-tailed antelope squirrels have a short tail, about half the length of their body. The tail is gray and white, and the animal has a whitish eye ring. Their white fur is on the underside of their bodies, and their tails are carried tightly on their backs. Both species live in the same regions. In Oregon, they are found from the Cascade Mountains east to Harney County.
Golden-mantled ground squirrel
The Golden-mantled ground squirrel is a ground squirrel. Its stripes are the same on its back and sides, but the face does not have the stripes. This ground squirrel has a reddish-brown body and a brown head. Like other ground squirrels, it uses its claws and teeth to clean itself. This ground squirrel can jump over five feet and run more than eight miles per hour.
The golden-mantled ground squirrel eats a wide variety of plant matter, seeds, and nuts, including pinon nuts. Other food sources include insects and fungi that grow underground. During winter, the ground squirrel hibernates and stores food in its den. Its den is shallow, and the squirrel can dig a hundred feet across. They also eat various types of insects, birds, and their eggs.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.