Squirrel Eating Mushrooms

justme4now(7)June 15, 2010

This .. I know is an odd question and I couldn't figure out exactly which forum was the most appropriate to post it to so-o-o .. "You Won"! 8)

A lot of folks DO look upon squirrels as a pest but I kinda get a kick out of watching them.

I have never seen a squirrel eat a back-yard mushroom .. until today!

I don't know what kind of mushroom this would be but I guess that it is the typical, growing over buried, dead wood type that grows in forested areas. (my home is in a 'forest')

I walked around looking for a 'dead squirrel' a few hours after I saw what he was eating but .. no carcases!?

Is this normal .. for squirrels to eat mushrooms?

Will I be picking up dead squirrels .. maybe tomorrow?

Thanks

JM

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I've never seen a squirrel eat schrooms, but why not? I'll guess that they learn which ones are delectable and enjoy them as much as we would.

Not that I would follow their example, though. Not until the mushrooms were carefully identified.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 12:09AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I'm a mushroomer and I compete with the squirrels all the time, part of the deal. They know what to eat and what to leave alone.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 8:51AM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

It's important to know that what's safe for squirrels may not be for people.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 8:29PM
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apg4

Just happened upon this thread while searching for squirrel deterrents....

I've seen gnaw-marks on mushrooms - even amanita muscaria and one amanita verosa - which are deadly to humans. I left 'em, cause i was hoping it would make a dent in the local squirrel population.

Nope. Squirrels are unaffected apparently....

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 5:22PM
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