The Food Storage Busy Body
The eastern chipmunk is found in eastern North America living in woody areas, feeding on nuts, seeds, mushrooms and fruits during the daytime. They will eat insects, snails and bird eggs but acorns and hickory nuts are their favorites. They live a mostly solitary existence and sleep alone in their burrows at night. They are a ground dwelling species and make their burrows just below the surface with tunnels that may extend for several yards. The burrow entrances are hidden in secluded areas so that discovery by predators such as foxes, snakes and birds of prey can hopefully be avoided. You don’t want to find hungry jaws when you come out of your burrow in the morning.