They have three dark lines with white in between along their face and five black stripes with brown edges and white in between along their back. They are grey and reddish-brown on the sides and greyish white on their underparts. Their tail is orange-brown.
These animals are active during the day and eat seeds, berries, nuts, fruits and insects. Predators include hawk, owls and mustelids.
They breed in early spring. Females produce one litter usually of 5 or 6 young.
They store food in an underground burrow, where they spend the winter. These animals go into a state of torpor for extended periods of time, but do not hibernate.