Both gray and red foxes are mainly nocturnal animals, but it is not uncommon to find them out and about during the daytime hours. Both species feed on a variety of small animals including rabbits, rats, mice, wild birds, chickens, and insects. They also occasionally feed on small plants and some fruits.
The gray fox prefers to live in wooded areas and in areas of open bushlands. They commonly climb trees to seek protection from predators and to warm themselves in the sun. Red foxes in contrast avoid heavily wooded areas and instead prefer to live on the boarders of woodlands, open fields and meadows. Red foxes spend most of their time on the ground, hiding in protected areas.