I love when animals in the wild will really look at me and hold my eyes. The photo on the left is a Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel living in the mountains and the one on the right is a city Fox Squirrel from a nearby park. Ground squirrels are not climbers at all. They are grand diggers and will create a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the ground where they’ll set up their permanent home. Conversely, while fox squirrels spend a lot of time foraging on the ground, they are very talented climbers and long jumpers who make their homes inside trees or build leaf nests, often in trees.