Meet the newest offering from The Animal Store: the Siberian Chipmunk. Isn’t it cute? Though the Siberian Chipmunk (Tamias sibiricus) looks a lot like the common chipmunk (Tamias) found throughout North America, the Siberian Chipmunk is slightly smaller and more delicate.

The Siberian Chipmunk has also been bred in captivity for many years to be kept as pets. Unlike many other rodents, which tend to be nocturnal, Siberian Chipmunks are diurnal, or active during the day. This makes them lively and fun pets that won’t keep you awake at night. In the wild, these animals forage and climb, so their cage will need burrowing material, and enough room and branches for climbing, as well as chew toys and an exercise wheel.

To learn more, come in and meet our newest pets. We’ll be happy to answer any questions. The Animal Store staff spends a lot of time handling our young animals, which helps socialize them and make them friendlier pets.

It’s important to note that in the City of Chicago and most of its suburbs, it is illegal to catch wild, undomesticated animals to keep as pets. Wild chipmunks do not make good pets and can carry a variety of dangerous diseases, including rabies. Don’t be tempted to catch a chipmunk of your own. Our Siberian Chipmunks come from reputable breeders and have been bred as pets.

Photo credit: Siberian Chipmunk by William Warby via a Creative Commons License