What do squirrels eat?
Squirrels are omnivorous mammals that can be found all over the world.
They are commonly kept as pets in addition to being used for Fur trade.
Historically, squirrels were eating grains and nuts.
However, in the modern day’s they have expanded their diet to include many other things.
What Squirrels Eat
Squirrels eat nuts, seeds, fruit, fungi, and green vegetation.
They do not like to eat animal matter unless they are really hungry.
When living in an area where it is low nut production season, squirrels will get insects or eggs.
Tree leaf buds are an important part of the tree’s growth cycle.
Squirrels eat them to survive when food is scarce or during wintertime when there are no nuts available.
Since these resources are so rich in nutrients, animals like squirrels can live on these for quite some while with little effort.
However, squirrels mainly eat acorns, walnuts, hickory nuts, pine seeds, and other nuts, various fruits such as apples and pears, corn on the cob (which they can find in people’s backyards), and vegetables like peas and carrots.
Squirrels sometimes eat insects like young moles or worms to supplement their diet with protein.
They also eat bird eggs if they can find them.
They are known to eat meat as well.
Squirrels might eat small rodents like mice, other squirrels (especially baby ones), lizards, and snakes if they can catch them.
Some birds of prey make out pretty well by hunting gray squirrels since this is a popular type of squirrel to hunt.
The average adult grey squirrel needs anywhere from 1,600 to 2,400 calories worth of food every day.
If you feed your squirrel regularly and provide him with a balanced diet in accordance with what is mentioned in this article, he will be healthy and happy.
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