Animal #57 — Colorado Chipmunk

tamias quadrivittatus

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — 8:50 am

Temple Canyon Road — Canon City, Colorado

As I drove down Temple Canyon Road, I had to slow down to make a sharp turn on a switchback. I heard a loud chirping noise coming from the jumble of rocks and branches and saw a chipmunk hop up on a short stump.

We looked at each other for perhaps 30 seconds. When I slowly pulled forward to see if I could get a better light angle, it disappeared into the brush.

It doesn’t really have a long, pointed nose. A branch in the background just makes it look like it does.

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