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Re(1): A Question about Chipmunks

From various sources -

During the winter, most chipmunks hibernate in burrows or tunnel systems 3 to 10 metres in length. They don't, though, sleep through this entire period. Given their size and metabolism, they wake regularly to eat stored food. Damp winters or early springs can damage their food supply and reduce the chances for survival. During the summer or in more southerly climes, chipmunks may nest in hollowed out logs or thick bushy areas.

A recent study at Fordham University concluded warmer winter temperatures, perhaps related to global warming, have resulted in chipmunks becoming less likely to hibernate through the coldest months. However, chipmunks that do hibernate through the winter are thought to have a higher survival rate compared to those that stay more active in the winter. Alvin is an exception not only for his vocal capabilities (most chipmunks manage a very limited number of "calls" or squeaks) but also for his age. Alvin is now in his 50s, whereas his kin most often manage only a couple of years.


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