The Siberian Chipmunk is a member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias. Its habitat ranges across northern Asia from central Russia to China, Korea and northern Japan (Hokkaido). It lives in woodland habitats with a bushy cover.
It is 7.09 to 9.84 inches (18 to 25 cm) long, of which a third is the tail. The weight of adults depends on the time of year, and is normally 1.76 to 5.29 ounces (50 to 150 grams). Therefore, the Siberian Chipmunk is relatively small compared the Red Squirrel.
Natural predators include birds of prey, mustelids and cats. In rare cases, Siberian Chipmunks may spread diseases such as rabies by biting other animals or humans.
It has colonized parts of eastern and central Europe due to escapes from captivity.