Chipmunks as Pets
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
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.
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.
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Update: June 2012