As the only member of the Rodentia order that can give squirrels a run for their money in terms of net cuteness (computed as gross cuteness minus species-adjusted ferocity), chipmunks are at home under the forest floor in their extensive burrows, foraging on the forest floor, and high in trees. Twenty four of the 25 species of chipmunks (all except the Siberian chipmunk) live only in North America, once again proving our utter dominance over the remaining continents in term of animal adorability. In fact, in Italian chipmunks are "scioattoli americani" meaning American squirrel. Most biologists agree that the Western chipmunk is the cutest among the 25 species and most of the pictures here are of that variety.
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