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Ogden Nash - The Chipmunk

My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice and shy and I.
He moves with flickering...

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Poet: Ogden Nash
Poem: The Chipmunk
Poem of the Day: Jan 5 2008

Comment 4 of 4, added on July 18th, 2014 at 4:59 PM.
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Comment 3 of 4, added on April 15th, 2014 at 2:01 PM.

Eastern chipmunks mate in early spring and again in early summer, producing litters of four or five young twice each year.[11] Western chipmunks breed only once a year. The young emerge from the burrow after about six weeks and strike out on their own within the next two weeks.[19]

These small mammals fulfill several important functions in forest ecosystems. Their activities harvesting and hoarding tree seeds play a crucial role in seedling establishment. They consume many different kinds of fungi, including those involved in symbiotic mycorrhizal associations with trees, and are an important vector for dispersal of the spores of subterranean sporocarps (truffles) which have co-evolved with these and other mycophagous mammals and thus lost the ability to disperse their spores through the air.[20]

Chipmunks construct expansive burrows which can be more than 3.5 m in length with several well-concealed entrances. The sleeping quarters are kept extremely clean as shells and feces are stored in refuse tunnels.[citation needed]

The eastern chipmunk hibernates in the winter, while western chipmunks do not, relying on the stores in their burrows.[21]

Chipmunks play an important role as prey for various predatory mammals and birds, but are also opportunistic predators themselves, particularly with regard to bird eggs and nestlings. In Oregon, mountain bluebirds (Siala currucoides) have been observed energetically mobbing chipmunks that they see near their nest trees.[citation needed]

Chipmunks typically live about three years, although have been observed living to nine years in captivity.[22]

Chipmunks in captivity are said to sleep for an average of about 15 hours a day. It is thought that mammals which can sleep in hiding, such as rodents and bats, tend to sleep longer than those that must remain on alert.


Comment 2 of 4, added on January 6th, 2008 at 12:03 AM.

I find it so distasteful when art such as this can't be simply shared for the greater good. What creep made this ruling to the detriment of the many who love the art of poetry?

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