Yes, black chipmunks do exist! I would not have believed it…until I saw it with my own eyes…in my own backyard.
And I have to say…he/she is pretty darn cute!
Is it a Black Squirrel?
When I first saw this little creature scurrying around my yard, my first thought was that it was a baby black squirrel. But the tail was not as fluffy…and because they move pretty quickly, it is hard to get a really good look at them.
Then one day, Mr., Mrs., or Ms. (who knows?) Black Chipmunk decided to hang around just outside my back window. It was then that I realized that this little guy was actually a chipmunk. You could faintly see the defining chipmunk stripes down the back. And the not-so-fuzzy tail question was answered.
No, this was not a baby black squirrel but, a real black chipmunk – apparently a real rare black chipmunk.
Read to the bottom to see my latest chipmunk video (not Mr Black Chipmunk but, one of our other resident Eastern chipmunks) – too cute!
Another odd thing about this black chipmunk is that we used to have many chipmunks – standard chipmunks – in our backyard – and no squirrels. For the last couple of years, we have seen lots of black squirrels and very few chipmunks.
There appears to have been a majority takeover of the territory by black squirrels, squeezing out the chipmunks.
Do the Squirrels think he is one of them?
So why is this black chipmunk so prominent in my backyard this year? I see him almost daily.
Could it be that the black squirrels are confused by this guy…and maybe think that he is one of them…so they let him hang around?
I don’t know. All I know is that he is so darn cute that I get a little smile every time I see him. (Just stay out of my attic…and we are all good!)
Not so Elusive Black Chipmunk
On a side note…a funny thing about this little ‘rare’ black chipmunk is that I kept telling hubby that I was seeing a black chipmunk…and he never saw it. I would say, “Look…there it is!”…and by the time hubby looked in that direction, Mr. Chipmunk (he is now Mr. – so I have to type less) had disappeared into the bushes or long grass.
For people my age who watched Bugs Bunny, it was sort of like the dancing and singing frog that only a random man could see perform. When random man tried to show how amazing this frog was to others, Mr. Frog would only sit and croak.
And then the day came. Mr. Chipmunk was hanging around outside fairly close to the house. Of course, I saw him, right? And, of course, hubby was no where to be found.
I called repeatedly for hubby to come see Mr. Elusive Chipmunk. Hubby was in the garage where he could not hear me calling him. So I grabbed my camera and took some pictures – I needed proof! I got my proof! And here he is…
But for some reason, on that day, Mr. Elusive Rare Black Chipmunk (he has many middle names) hung around long enough, not only for my extended photo shoot, but for hubby to surface from the garage and see him LIVE!
So, yes, black chipmunks do EXIST!
p.s. Thanks Mr. Elusive Rare Black Chipmunk for making me smile daily and making our home truly tremendous!
For some more Eastern chipmunk cuteness, check out this video we caught near out front step while we were standing just a few feet away – apparently, this little guy was not afraid – at all!
Note in this video – to my dismay – there are several cigarette butts on the ground. That was thanks in part to our groundhog ‘friend’ who apparently loves to come on our raised front step and steal our cigarette butt garbage bag – seriously!
As he or she runs away, the bag rips and the butts fly everywhere. You may have noticed my use of the running present tense (for grammar nerds) as this has happened several times.
Not sure what it is but, do rodents like chipmunks and groundhogs have a thing for nicotine?
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