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Taking care of a pet chipmunk

Taking care of a pet chipmunk

Chipmunk is a cute sciuridae family member that becomes a lovely pet. Rodent chipmunk is a type of squirrel commonly found in North America. This breed may become a long time companion under proper care. Chipmunks are gentle in nature and their striped bodies make them more appealing.

Chipmunks are active, energetic, snooping and friendly little critters that play an important role in seedling. These are amazing pets that need special care and affection form their owner.

Species
Western and eastern snooping are found in different species live in wild and now become home pets. Chipmunks are available in more than 25 species, some of them are given below as:

  • Siberia Chipmunks
  • Eastern Chipmunks
  • Gray collared Chipmunks
  • Hopi Chipmunks
  • Long eared Chipmunks
  • Red tailed Chipmunks

Personality
Chipmunks look innocent, but don’t forget that they are wild creatures. Young Chipmunks won’t allow you to come near them; they can even bite you if you touch them. But don’t get upset: they will bond with you if you spend plenty of time with them starting from an earlier age. Chipmunks are diurnal animals. Chipmunks do not like to be in exposed areas. They become friendly and affectionate pets given right treatment.

Appearance
Chipmunks are smaller members of squirrel family that grow just up to 10 inches in length.  Darker and lighter strips over body make it more attractive. These rodents live about three years yet in captivity they live for more than eight years.

Housing
Chipmunks need plenty of space where they can play and climb. Chipmunks are perfect climbers so keep them is wired cages. 4feet wide and 2 feet deep is the proper cage size for 1-2  adult Chipmunks. You will have to clean their cage daily. Nest boxes, wood chip bedding and tree branches allow him to stash food, sleeping and climbing.

Food
Chipmunks are omnivore - they eat plants, fruit, vegetables and nuts as well as mushrooms, insects and arthropods. Chipmunks store some food for hibernation during wintery seasons. Provide non perishable food during autumn seasons and don’t disturb their nest because they sneak food there. 

Grooming
Chipmunks constantly groom their bodies and do not leave any odor. So there is no need for bathing or any grooming.

Exercise
Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation are necessary for your Chipmunks pet. Bring it out of the cage every day and give it time to play of climb. You can add branches and other climbing material to the cage to provide habitat close to natural.

Care
Chipmunks are secretive animals so put their cage in a corner or a place by a wall. Chipmunks are very scared of predators.  Keep them away from cats, birds, dogs and other carnivores.

Chewing
Chipmunks are keen on chewing nuts and branches. It’s not for entertainment; it is essential for their health. Give them pine cone, walnuts, or dried corn cobs which they used for chewing.

From: http://aboutpetlife.com/care/how-to-care-you-chipmunks-pet.php

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