What is the difference between a squirrel and a chipmunk?



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    AAA chipmunk and aaa squirrelsquirrelsquirrel differ in dietary habits, looks and other physical features, though both species are part of the rodent family. Chipmunks and squirrels share many traits with rodents. These animals all possess four sharp incisors and flat back teeth used for grinding hard food like nuts. Squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents also typically have four toes on each front foot and five on each back foot. Both animals are very fast. There are many different types of both chipmunks and squirrels.

    Chipmunks and squirrels differ physically in several ways. A chipmunk can be identified by the five dark brown stripes that run from its head to its tail, which is often upright. A squirrel, meanwhile, has thirteen stripes in total that are also dark brown and run the length of its body. A squirrel does not, however, have stripes on its face. A chipmunk is also usually smaller than a squirrel. Squirrels can weigh between four and eight ounces, while chipmunks often weigh half that. Chipmunks run quickly, with their tails straight in the air. A squirrel runs with its tail at a horizontal angle.

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