Predator Squirrels

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Note to self: think twice before going forward with your plan to train squirrels as domestic house pets. From Wikipedia:

Predatory behavior by various species of ground squirrels, particularly the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, has been noted.[10] For example, Bailey, a scientist in the 1920s, observed a thirteen-lined ground squirrel preying upon a young chicken.[11] Wistrand reported seeing this same species eating a freshly killed snake.[12] Whitaker examined the stomachs of 139 thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and found bird flesh in four of the specimens and the remains of a short-tailed shrew in one;[13] Bradley, examining white-tailed antelope squirrels’ stomachs, found at least 10% of his 609 specimens’ stomachs contained some type of vertebrate, mostly lizards and rodents.[14] Morgart (1985) observed a white-tailed antelope squirrel capturing and eating a silky pocket mouse.[15]

I keed, I keed. I’d still love to have pet squirrels. Just never occurred to me that they are carnivorous.


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