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Do Squirrels Eat Pine Cones?

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There are a few species of squirrels, including the Chickaree, that eat pine cones. American Reds and Mearn's squirrels also eat pine cones.

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Do Squirrels Eat Pine Cones?
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All three species of squirrels live in pine forests and they use the habitat to their benefit. While the squirrels feed on a variety of foods including nuts, plants and berries, they also eat pine seeds that are obtained from the cones. It is common for these squirrels to gather a bunch of pine cones during the fall months and bury them close to their nest to have a readily available food source throughout the winter months.

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