I live in Ontario, Canada and therefore the chipmunks hibernate as they don't have the same thick fur coat the squirrels sport in the colder months. So I only get to see them from April to October. If you live near a woodland or heavily treed area, chances are you have seen a few in your yard. They will eat the same food as the squirrels and it is fun watching them interact.
I have found chipmunks to be easier to tame and interact with, and I must admit, after a stressful day, I love to take my coffee out onto the back deck armed with a handful of nuts and seeds, and wait for them to show up. You can't help but smile and I have to tell you, whatever I was worried about, fades away.
Interacting with nature is a great soother and stress relief. Even just watching the birds fly around your feeders or watching the leaves blow in the breeze can lower your stress levels. But interacting with the chipmunks and squirrels works for me. These pictures below are all my own pictures that I thought I would share.
Chipmunks can pack away at least 4 peanuts in the shell into their cheeks and will often be "top heavy" trying to run away to store their find. They forage all summer long here as they need to hibernate for the winter and they quite often make their homes in the sides of embankments and create a room to store their food and one for sleeping.
It is quite easy to tame a chipmunk, just have the food closer to you, such as a pile of sunflower seeds on the table beside you. In the top left picture, my hubby put some peanuts in his shirt pocket and this little guy dove right in and got one as I took the picture.
I like to feed them a variety of things, such as sunflower seeds, and they also like grapes and a bit of fruit or berries. I had some berries that were a bit to dried out for me to eat, and I brought them outside and the chipmunks liked them as well. If you feed them sunflower seeds, they will literally vacuum them up into those expanding cheeks. I get the ones that are in the shell. Make sure you get plain ones and not salted.
They are fun and friendly little critters.
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