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  • Who: Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

  • What: Longest bout of inactivity spent in home

  • Where: North America

The wild animal that spends the longest time in an inactive state inside its home is the eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) of North America. During times of food scarcity, it will retreat inside its underground burrow and live off its stores of nuts there for up to a year at a time.


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