Squirrels eat all kinds of nuts, including acorns, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts. The types of nuts squirrels eat depend on what's typically available in the habitat they occupy.Continue Reading
Nuts are a squirrel's primary food source. Squirrels don't hibernate, so a main component of their year-round activity is gathering and hoarding nuts so they always have enough to eat. Once a squirrel finds a nut, it will either eat it on the spot or run off to find a place to bury it.
Researchers have studied how squirrels remember where they have sequestered their nuts, hypothesizing that they use a combination of smell, memory and landmarks. Squirrels seem to have significantly more success finding their own caches of nuts hidden in an area than finding random hoards collected by other squirrels in the same area, leading to the conclusion that retrieval involves more than just sensory input, such as smell.
Squirrels also eat seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi and green vegetation and will adapt to eating almost anything at all, if their preferred foods are scarce. In urban areas, it's not unusual to see squirrels eating discarded junk food, such as pizza. They will even eat insects, eggs, dead birds or snakes and smaller rodents when faced with hunger.Learn more about Rodents
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Acorns, hazelnuts, pinecones and vegetables are some foods that are safe to feed to squirrels. Squirrels also eat fruits, such as apples, watermelon, peas and grapes, but provide them in moderation; fruits can hinder the squirrel's ability to absorb calcium. Flying squirrels, however, thrive on and require a diet rich in fruits for their digestive tracts to function properly.Full Answer >
Squirrels are vegetarians, known to eat a wide variety of nuts, fruits and other vegetarian foods, but flying squirrels have been known to eat small birds, insects and eggs. Among some foods squirrels have been known to eat are various kinds of nuts, seeds and various fruits.Full Answer >
Squirrels are opportunistic omnivores, but the bulk of their diet is made up of seeds, nuts, shoots, fruits and leaves. Occasionally, squirrels will predate upon lizards, snakes, worms, birds, eggs or insects. Squirrels are equipped with very long incisors that help them to gnaw into the tough shells of nuts.Full Answer >