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Chipmunks usually dig their burrows in forests. But they can also be found in people’s yards. Chipmunks might make their homes under decks, in gardens, or around walls of stone.

Chipmunks dig up plant roots for food. They also eat berries, nuts, and seeds. When chipmunks poop, they spread seeds around the forest floor. Some of these seeds grow to become new plants. Chipmunks also eat fungus that grows near tree roots. Both of these actions help the forest stay healthy.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen an animal eat food? What kind of animal was it?


What books have you read about other mammals? What do those animals have in common with chipmunks? How are they different?


Chipmunks often live near forests. How would this habitat help them stay safe and find food?

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