Unsafe Foods for Squirrels


Toxic foods are poisonous to squirrels and should be completely avoided.

  • Avocado skin/pits
  • Fruit pits/seeds


Unhealthy foods won’t necessarily cause lasting harm to squirrels but should still be limited.

  • High-sugar foods (candy, cookies, granola, sweetened breakfast cereals)
  • High-starch foods (pasta, bread, rice, potatoes)
  • Salty foods
  • Human junk food
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dried corn
  • Pine nuts - Raw Pine Nuts straight out of pine cones are a natural part of a wild squirrel's diet. However, packaged pine nuts could be very unhealthy for squirrels, especially pet squirrels and those in temporary captivity.

Healty nuts include: acorns, pumpkin seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and peanuts (unsalted).

Read about safe food for squirrels here: Food for Squirrels


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