Squirrels vs Chipmunks
I did a double take today when I saw a grey squirrel
carrying a dead chipmunk in its mouth. Did I see correctly? Do grey
squirrels prey on chipmunks?
Although not principally a carnivore, it would be a pretty dumb squirrel to
pass up an opportunity for protein.
Most typically North American gray squirrels are herbivores, but they
do rob birds nests of eggs on occasion and perhaps eat an insect or
other small creature, especially in spring. They will gnaw bones for
the calcium. I doubt a gray squirrel would be able to kill a chipmunk,
but might have been scavenging on one already dead.
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Update: June 2012