The Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is an entertaining mammal whose cheek pouches are its most distinctive characteristic. Chipmunks use the pouches to store and carry food. They can empty their pouches quickly by squeezing them with their front feet. This habitat represents a stone wall from a mountain farm.
Animals native to Virginia swim, slither, roam and fly at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, VA. The museum also has hands-on activities, native plant gardens, observatory, planetarium, green living exhibit, 3/4-mile boardwalk with animals in naturalized habitats and children’s nature playground. Accredited by both AZA and AAM, the museum’s mission is connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.