Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Chipmunks as Pets
Name: Dave
Status: N/A
Age: N/A
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: N/A


Question:
Since chipmunks seem to be so brave around people do they make good pets. I have heard several stories about pet squirrels, so it made me curious.


Replies:
Chipmunks do not make good pets for a few reasons. For one, they are fairly hard to tame and remain nippy. Another reason is that they are very fast! They also dig holes and massive underground tunnels. This is a natural behavior we would not be able to provide for them as pets.

Grace Fields


NO!! Chipmunks are very nervous and excitable and almost impossible to keep alive in captivity. Please do not try to capture and keep one. Also, while squirrels can be kept alive, it is illegal in Illinois and I believe most states to keep any wild mammal as a pet without a permit that shows it was not taken from the wild.

J. Elliott


Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory