In this quick tutorial you’ll learn how to draw an Eastern Chipmunk in just a few quick steps, but first…
Interesting Facts about the Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern chipmunks live in deciduous forests or parks in Eastern North America. They are 30cm long and weigh between 66-150g. It is brown in color and has five dark brown stripes running along the length of its body that ends into a dark brown tail. Their fur in their lower body is lighter compared to the upper part of their body. Their forelegs have 4 toes each and hind-legs have 5 toes each. This diurnal animal feeds on fruits, seeds, insects, worms, bird eggs etc. They spend most of their time looking for and storing food for winter season. Their lifespan is 3 years.
Did you know?
- They build their nest underground connected to tunnels with a number of entrances and cover it well with leaves, stones and sticks to avoid being seen.
- They make different sounds especially the clicking sound, which has a very low-pitch and the trill, which comprises of 130 vibrations/minute.
- Chipmunks carry food in their cheek pouches.
- Eastern chipmunks go into a state of torpor instead of hibernation, which means that they decrease their overall physiological activity during winter season.
- The ‘chip-chip’ sound that chipmunks make, gave them their common name.
Lesson plan note: Make children watch chipmunk movie or you can even take them out in the park and let them observe a chipmunk. They can feed them peanuts and witness how chipmunks open up the peanut shell. It is a cute sight that they will remember for years!