Some Interesting Facts About Chipmunk Food
Have you been wondering what to buy as chipmunk food to feed the furry little critters scurrying through your yard? It may be helpful to know a bit about the species and its gathering patterns first to more easily understand why a chipmunk will eat such a wide variety of foods.
Chipmunks technically find themselves being part of the squirrel family. About four short weeks after two chipmunks mate, the babies are born in the spring. In warmer climates however, it is quite common for there to be another additional arrival of babies in the fall. After the springtime, chipmunks are born and then when summer is at its peak, it becomes time for the baby chipmunks to leave their nest which is always somewhere dry like a hollow log or eaves of an old house.
Chipmunks prefer to either be on the ground or swimming but they have no problem running through tree branches as well. Especially if they're stealing bird eggs for dinner. Once the young ones are on their own, gathering chipmunk food now becomes their top priority for survival since they know winter will be coming all too soon. They have small pouches on the insides of their cheeks which allow them to comfortably stuff plenty of food in there. Although they have hibernating traits, unlike some other animals, they still wake up to eat so it is important to their survival that they accumulate as much chipmunk food as possible to last them through the entire winter.
If you choose to feed these cute little creatures a bit of food, you may want to get a special chipmunk food feeder which allows them to eat safely in a clear tub without the risk of being killed. Many animals love to kill chipmunks, including your neighborhood felines so think twice before sprinkling those sunflower seeds on your lawn because you could essentially be just reeling in the bait.
Watching chipmunks eat is such a well recognized and charming site to observe. They always have this perfect posture position and they keep their paws close to their mouths to assist on shoveling in the food being careful not to drop anything. Chipmunk food consists of quite a large range of different things. They will mainly feed on insects, worms, bird eggs, grains, peanuts and fungi. Yes, this means that I guess chipmunks can technically be called a carnivore. Chipmunks absolutely love bird feed also so if you have a bird feeder placed somewhere that they can actually get to it then there is a good chance that you will get to see a chipmunk. Food for these cute creatures can also consist of bananas, peas, grapes, apples, cucumber, sunflower seeds, dried apricots and grass. The chipmunk is not a fussy eater and can easily appreciate just about anything. Chances are if you willing to share your breakfast with one then it will be more than willing to indulge no matter what it is, similar to your pet dog. Do watch your fingers though, chipmunks can be very aggressive when it comes to food so as tempting as it is to allow them to eat out of your hands it is not recommended.
It is always a good idea to help out the animals by feeding them, especially in the winter month when food can often be quite sparse. If you have asked yourself what to leave out for chipmunk food then the answer is “anything and everything”. They are not picky eaters and if they're hungry or simply gathering food for winter then they will eat it.