What Will Squirrels Eat

What Squirrels Will Not Eat

What Squirrels Will Not Eat

Things we have found that our squirrels seem not to care for:

  • Onions
  • Green Onions
  • Potatoes (raw)
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Yellow Squash
  • Plums
  • Artichokes
  • Lettuce

8 Responses to “What Squirrels Will Not Eat”

  1. Hilda says:

    My wildlife rehabber friend told me that squirrels are lactose intolerant so if you find a baby squirrel, don’t try to give it any milk! Get it to a professional ASAP!

  2. Xena says:

    My squirrels are often stealing potatos and munching on them before I can get them away from them. I have also seen a lot of wild squirrels stealing potatos out of the garbage to eat. So I would definitely say that squirrels eat potatos! Apparently it’s safe for them to eat them too :)

  3. Xena says:

    Rachael: It might have more to do with the fact that they steal them ;) My squirrels love “found food” more than anything, almost. Chocolate, too. I never give it to them, but they love to steal it.

    Hilda: it’s not strictly true that they are lactose intolerant, but many get bad digestive problems that might even kill them from cows milk. Some of them can handle it, but there is no way to know until you try. Anyway, there are better choices out there, so it is best not to even risk cows milk. Goats milk with some nutrical or squirrel formula is much, much better for them.

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  5. chris says:

    Just moved to a new property and there are quite a few squirrels in the garden area. Do squirrels eat runner beans? which I usually grow every year.

    • rachael says:

      I haven’t been successful feeding any kind of bean to our squirrels. I don’t know for a fact, but I would say your beans would be safe from squirrels!

  6. Debbie Hilz says:

    I rescued a newborn squirrel only hours after she was born, and raised it to her current age of 7 years old. She is nearly blind, with cataracts, but still very healthy and happy. I have done a lot of research on squirrels and took a class that wild-animal rehabbers take so that I would be providing a healthy life for my little squirrel. Looking over your list, I can say that my fox squirrel will eat cucumbers, plums, lettuce and carrots. Her favorite foods are Pecans, Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, grapes, all kinds of berries, avocados, bananas, broccoli, Kiwi, watermelon (but only a little or it will give her diarrea), sugar snap peas, green beans, apples, oranges, grapefruit, spinach, leafy green lettuce, nectarines, bread (she gets very little – usually when she snitches from us), chocolate (very seldom- it will give her diarrea), and she loves to share a popsicle with my husband and I. As for baby squirrels, the type of milk you should give them is a very big debate among rehabbers and other squirrel rescue people. Some say you should give them puppy formula (Esbilac), and some say you should give them slightly scalded cows milk. When raising my baby squirrel, I first tried the Esbilac as the rehab people suggested, but she did not do well on that. She would not gain weight and stayed dehydrated on that formula. So I found a website owned by a nutritionist, and she recommended the scalded cows milk. Her reasoning was that squirrels are vegetarians and there is too much protein in the puppy formula because dogs are carnivores. Cows (and goats) are also vegetarians, and their milk is more in line with what squirrels get from their mothers milk. So, I went with the scalded milk and my little squirrel did very well on it. She gained weight and stayed on it until she was 3 months old. I also started giving her fruits and veggies and pecans, and I would try something new as she grew. I would say after 7 years, we have been very successful.

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