What Do Squirrels Eat?

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Squirrels cannot digest cellulose, so they have to eat food that is higher in protein, carbohydrates and fat. Discover what foods squirrels eat in the wild, such as nuts, grains, fruits and mushrooms with help from a veterinarian in this free video on squirrels.

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The question is what do squirrels eat in the wild? Squirrels cannot digest cellulose very well which is the base root of most plant material so they have to rely on foods that are higher in protein, carbohydrates and fats so primarily squirrels like to feast on nuts, grains, fruits, sometimes fungal things like mushrooms things of that nature but they don't eat meat, however squirrels have been known to eat meat in severe starvation situations when there is no food available. These squirrels have small little incisors that they use to tear off food or vegetation and then they chew with their molars and so they preliminarily are going to feed on nuts, grains and those types of things but will take some fruits but they are primarily vegetarians.


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