Friday, July 1, 2016

Eating Habits



"Gray squirrels have a very high metabolism, maintaining a body temperature of about 101 degrees F [38.33 degrees C]. To do this, they need to eat about their own weight in food every week. During the late summer and fall, they consume about a third more than required for sustenance to fatten up for the winter. They preferentially feed on the nuts, flowers and buds of oak, hickory, pecan, walnut and beech trees. However, squirrels move extensively around their home ranges according to the availability of food, generally consuming only one type of food at a time. Their diet extends to a wide variety of trees and flowers, including the seeds and catkins of gymnosperms such as cedar, hemlock and pine. They are omnivorous and they will eat insects, bones, bird eggs, fledglings, frogs, and fungi." ~ www.sierrapotomac.org

14 comments:

  1. Lindo e muito bem apanhado.
    Um abraço e bom fim de semana.
    Andarilhar

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  2. This grey squirrel seems to have a bit orange tail. Nice shot.

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  3. Hah - they are certainly cute to look at - beautifully graceful - but these grey foreign guys terrorised the UK's native red squirrels. The latter are very rare now and found mostly in the north. In London's parks, grey squirrels are so tame they often eat from your hand. That's a fabulous photo, by the way; did I mention that? :-)

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  4. Love this photograph, especially how the light works in it too!

    Happy July

    All the best Jan

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  5. This one is very beautiful, sitting in the sun. We have only red squarrels

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  6. They are eating my tomatoes right now! Cute devils. They've already eaten all my strawberries.

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  7. So cute, using their "hands" to eat.

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  8. I love the red ones, but this fella is cute also :-)

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  9. They are annoying, but sometimes cute.

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