Eastern Chipmunk – 5/14/16

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/16

Observation Time: 8:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Eastern chipmunk

Scientific Name: Tamias striatus

Comments:¬†The common name originally may have been spelled “chitmunk,” from the native Odawa (Ottawa) word jidmoonh, meaning “red squirrel” (cf. Ojibwe, ajidamoo). The earliest form cited in the Oxford English Dictionary (from 1842) is “chipmonk,” however, “chipmunk” appears in several books from the 1820s and 1830s. Other early forms include “chipmuck” and “chipminck,” and in the 1830s they were also referred to as “chip squirrels;” probably in reference to the sound they make. In the mid-1800s, John James Audubon and his sons included a lithograph of the chipmunk in their Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, calling it the “chipping squirrel [or] hackee.”¬†Chipmunks have also been referred to as “striped squirrels,” “timber tigers,” and “ground squirrels” (although the name “ground squirrel” usually refers to other squirrels, such as those of the genus Spermophilus). – Wikipedia

More Information: Animal Diversity Web: Eastern Chipmunk