| Yellow-tailed chipmunks are common in California's dark, moist giant redwood forests. These relatively large chipmunks are hard to see but they can be recognized by a unique call given when intruders are present. Like other chipmunks, they eat seeds, fungi, a wide variety of vegetation, and insects. They molt twice a year, shedding and renewing their coats in fall and again in spring. The winter coat is long, silky, and dense. These chipmunks remain active all year rather than spending the winter in hibernation.
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Females are slightly larger than males.
89.3 g males; 94.1 g females
60-116.2 g males; 78-117.5 g females
Merriam, C.H., 1897. Notes on the chipmunks of the genus Eutamias occurring west of the east base of the Cascade-Sierra system, with descriptions of new forms, p.195. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 11:189-212.
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