Siberian Chipmunk

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Siberian Chipmunk
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シマリス
Character Data
AKA Common Chipmunk
Romaji Shimarisu
Debut Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name Eutamias sibiricus
Distribution North America, Asia
Diet Omnivore
Avg. Lifespan 3 - 5 years
Read More Siberian chipmunk
Conservation Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Siberian Chipmunk Pavilion KF3 Nexon Game KemoV Gallery

The Siberian Chipmunk is a type of Friend that appeared in the original mobile game. She has also debuted as a member of KemoV, the Kemono Friends virtual Youtuber group. She has been implemented in Kemono Friends 3 shortly after.

Appearance

Redesign

In Siberian Chipmunk's current design, she has a short hairstyle that resembles the shape of the animal's head. The hair is in brown fading into lighter chestnut brown and the fluffy side fringes fade into white at the end. Each side of the bang have 3 darker stripes with 2 white thicker stripes in-between. She has small pointy animals ears, dark brown eyes and a long and thick, light brown chipmunk tail with white underside and dark stripes.

She is wearing a white shirt with a thick brown stripe running along the long sleeves. On top she has a white vest with 2 dark stripes at each sides and one breast pocket printed with vertical stripes of dark brown, white and chestnut brown. There are fur collar and red bow tie round the neck. She is in light brown shorts and long gloves, white tights and a pair of light brown boots with white toes.

Old Design

In her old design, she also had short hair but with different styles of bang and side fringes. She wears a simple long-sleeved shirt and stripy, chestnut brown vest, red pleaded skirt. She had fur collar, red ribbon round her neck. The tights was in chestnut brown with white gradient. The shoes she wore were dark penny loafers.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role
2015Nexon Game Minor character, playable character
2018Kemono Friends Pavilion Observable character
2019Kemono Friends 3 Minor character, playable character

In Real Life

Siberian Chipmunk, South Korea. Photo source, 2003.

Siberian Chipmunk, also called common chipmunk, is a type of small rodents native to northern Asia from central Russia to China, Korea and Hokkaido of Japan. The rodent typically has brownish coat with white underside, four white stripes and five dark stripes along its back. The color of its fur slightly varies in different regions. It is 18-25 cm (7.1-9.8 in) in length with a third of which being the tail. It weighs 50-150 g (1.8-5 3oz) depending on food abundance of the seasons. Siberian Chipmunk exhibits sexual dimorphism that younger and older individuals share very similar appearance, except for their size and body proportions. It has relatively short life span of 2-5 years in the wild but it can lives up to 10 years in captivity.

Siberian Chipmunk adapts to a variety of habitats and conditions. It can be found in coniferous forests, stony areas in forests and mountains, shrubby areas along roads or waterways and greenery of urban environment. It can survive temperature range from −65 °C to 30 °C. Siberian Chipmunks are usually solitary but often share burrows during winter. They store 3-4 kg of food in the burrows to survive the winter. Their diet is usually pine seeds, along with different seeds from deciduous and coniferous trees. They may eat herb roots, fruits, fungus, grains, insects, molluscs and even low-nesting birds and retiles. They help disperse seeds and fungal spores.

This species of rodent has a low dispersal potential as it has trouble overcoming artificial or natural obstacles such as roads and swamps.

The chipmunk has been exported from South Korea to Europe as pets. There are some established populations in Europe from escaped or abandoned Siberian Chipmunks.

Trivia

  • The name "chipmunk" comes from the Ojibwe word "ajidamoo", which translates literally as "one who descends trees headlong".
  • The chipmunk got its name from the "chip-chip" sound it makes.
  • In the original game, Siberian Chipmunk's scientific name is listed as belonging to genus Tamias, which does not include the Siberian chipmunk. However, in all future appearance, her name is listed as Eutamias sibiricus.
  • Wild chipmunks that are more active and curious carry a higher number of ticks which can transmit Lyme disease. A study shows in a park near Paris where the Siberian chipmunk had established itself, in comparison to bank voles and wood mice, the Siberian chipmunks had a much higher infection load than their native counterparts. It was theorised that they contributed to more infected nymph ticks, thus potentially exposing humans to a higher risk.

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