Do Squirrels Eat Turtle Eggs?

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Believe it or not! Turtle eggs are in high demand in the wild. The predators are always looking for a clutch to feast on. Does it mean the innocent and cute-looking squirrels also eat turtle eggs?

Squirrels are omnivorous creatures, meaning they consume both plant and animal protein. Raiding wild nests and eating the eggs is common behavior for squirrels. They are big fans of bird and turtle eggs. Squirrels also eat turtle hatchlings, baby birds, lizards, snakes, and worms.

Unfortunately, squirrels are not the only invaders in turtle nests. There are more! Find the details below.

Key Takeaways

  • Squirrels eat turtle eggs and hatchlings.
  • Turtle eggs are also exposed to the attacks of foxes, raccoons, skunks, chipmunks, etc.

So, Squirrels Are Red Flags for Turtle Eggs

I have always found squirrels cute and innocent. Just look at those petite eyes! Who would have known they could feast on those turtle clutches buried deep in the ground?

Foxes, armadillos, raccoons, skunks, crows, chipmunks, snakes, etc., are common predators of turtles and their eggs. Now add squirrels to the list, too.

After doing some primary research, I got to know that our pretty little squirrels do not stop with turtle eggs. They have a name for raiding bird nests. I guess I have to make my turtle’s outdoor nesting site more protected. There are no wild or stray animals I can allow to roam around the pond.

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If you struggle to pull off a fool-proof pond setup for turtles, read this article thoroughly. I have shared 10 tricks to protect the pond from predators.

Squirrels Can Eat Turtles, Too!

Umm..I know most of you think squirrels eat only nuts. Yup, just like you, I still cannot imagine them invading turtle eggs.

More shock came my way when I learned that squirrels also take an immense interest in meat. They often grab baby birds along with eggs and run.

In a thread, one author claimed he had witnessed a grey squirrel hunting a baby tortoise. I did some digging and found out the truth.

Besides bird babies, squirrels prey on turtle hatchlings. Not only that. Snakes, lizards, insects, and worms are also included in the squirrel diet.

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These Deadly Predators Can Eat Turtle Eggs

As responsible keepers, we aim to keep our turtles safe from predators. We can only make the habitat fool-proof if we have a sound knowledge about these animals. Here is the list of potential turtle predators,

  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Crows
  • Eagles
  • Herons
  • Falcons
  • Coyotes
  • Rat
  • Fireant
  • Squirrels
  • Chipmunks
  • Snakes
  • Alligator
  • Fox
  • Dog
  • Humans

It is unfortunate, but yes. Humans are considered predators, too.

They do not think twice before eating turtle flesh or eggs. Remember, turtles are endangered species. Poaching turtles will take a heavy toll on the world’s ecosystem.

Before You Go

Raising snapping turtles is nothing less than a hassle. The species thrive outdoors. So, you need to arrange special securities to keep the predators away. I have discussed the potential snapping turtle predator in the attached article below.

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7 Snapping Turtle Predators to Be Aware of

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Muntaseer Rahman started keeping pet turtles back in 2013. He also owns the largest Turtle & Tortoise Facebook community in Bangladesh. These days he is mostly active on Facebook.

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