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Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus).  Hiding in the brush is a chipmunk.  Chipmunks are generally five to six inches long with two tan and five blackish longitudinal stripes on their backs.  They can be distinguished from squirrels by their tail, which is three to four inches in length and hairy but not bushy (Laurene Hall).  They carry food in their mouth to take back to nests, and can fit "three nuts or acorns in each pouch (1 on each side of mouth) and an additional one or two in their mouth" (Dennis Owca).

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes