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Mushroom Eating Squirrel (Vanity)

Posted on 06/15/2010 9:05:22 PM PDT by plinyelder

This .. I know is an odd question and I couldn't figure out exactly how or where to post it so-o-o "You Won"! 8)

A lot of folks DO look upon squirrels as a pest but I kinda get a kick out of watching them.

I have never seen a squirrel eat a back-yard mushroom .. until today!

I don't know what kind of mushroom this would be but I guess that it is the typical, growing over buried, dead wood type that grows in forested areas. (my home is in a 'forest')

I walked around looking for a 'dead squirrel' a few hours after I saw what he was eating but .. no carcases!?

Is this normal .. for squirrels to eat mushrooms?

Will I be picking up dead squirrels .. maybe tomorrow?

Thanks


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Gardening; Humor; Pets/Animals
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I've Seen It All Now!

I can go peacefully. 8)

1 posted on 06/15/2010 9:05:23 PM PDT by plinyelder
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To: plinyelder

I’ve seen this before. I used to have fat white mushrooms in my MA yard, and the squirrels ate them like potato chips. A lot of fun to watch!


2 posted on 06/15/2010 9:08:12 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: plinyelder

“I’ve Seen It All Now!”

unfortunately without a video to go with your post,
you are the only one that has seen it all, now.
:-)


3 posted on 06/15/2010 9:08:37 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: plinyelder

I’ve watched whitetailed deer eat them too. Certain types of ‘shrooms they seem to really relish! Never saw any die from it.


4 posted on 06/15/2010 9:09:03 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: plinyelder

They’re just pre-making gravy.


5 posted on 06/15/2010 9:10:47 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: plinyelder

I have a friend who is a OCD chef/forager who has mentioned several times that most mushrooms are not dangerous, it is just the ones that are dangerous are so bad, they give the entire foraging hobby a bad name. I have a feeling squirrels have enough evolution behind them to know the difference.


6 posted on 06/15/2010 9:13:26 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: plinyelder

Only the ones that folks call shrooooomssss. wow man!


7 posted on 06/15/2010 9:14:06 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: plinyelder
Alaska Science Forum September 5, 2007
Squirrels and toxic mushrooms; aspens and leaf miners

Article #1871

by Ned Rozell


This column is provided as a public service by the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, in cooperation with the UAF research community. Ned Rozell is a science writer at the institute.

Fairbanks reader darleen masiak recently saw a red squirrel carrying an Amanita mushroom across her deck, presumably to stash it in its midden for the winter. She wanted to know how such a small mammal could survive after eating a mushroom that is toxic in large doses.

Fungus expert Gary Laursen of the University of Alaska Fairbanks confirmed that forest squirrels, both red and flying, cache Amanita mushrooms as well as other “psychoactive” mushrooms that affect the central nervous system. He has dug into squirrel middens in the boreal forest and found many samples of the mushrooms. He said a biologist recently contacted him and told him he’d seen grouse digging up and eating mushrooms that would be toxic in large doses to humans.

“Many animals are known to go after the psychoactive ‘shrooms,” Laursen said.

Brian Barnes, a physiologist and the director of the Institute of Arctic Biology, said a squirrel’s liver might be able to detoxify the active agents in the mushrooms, but he knows of no evidence for this. Barnes studies arctic ground squirrels on Alaska’s North Slope. He thinks young male ground squirrels might be eating lots of fungi, including potent ones, as they stir in their dens from hibernation. The squirrels often emerge from hibernation fatter than when they went in.

“I wonder if, while in their cold and completely dark hibernaculum, arctic ground squirrels are eating psychoactive mushrooms and whether they respond by experiencing hallucinations, feelings of well being, and laughing fits, as do humans (or so I’m told),” Barnes wrote in an email.

* * *


8 posted on 06/15/2010 9:15:01 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Fudd Fan

Squirrel post ping


9 posted on 06/15/2010 9:16:26 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: plinyelder



10 posted on 06/15/2010 9:16:55 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 509 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: plinyelder
Photobucket

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11 posted on 06/15/2010 9:20:29 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: plinyelder

This is what they look like after eating fermented pumpkin:

Drunk Squirrel Tries to Climb Tree - Break Fails
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0so5er4X3dc


12 posted on 06/15/2010 9:20:59 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Optimist

Squirrel eating mushroom.

(I couldn’t find a video of a mushroom eating a squirrel)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exqHYEk3AuE


13 posted on 06/15/2010 9:22:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: null and void

“A BIRD”?


14 posted on 06/15/2010 9:23:35 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: plinyelder

It's so they can grow hair on their......uh.... you figure it out.

15 posted on 06/15/2010 9:24:39 PM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Here’s a video of a squirrel after it ate the magic mushrooms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhq-96R1ELw&feature=related


16 posted on 06/15/2010 9:26:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: mnehring
I have a feeling squirrels have enough evolution behind them to know the difference.

Yes they do.

Unfortunately, just like humans, they kind of enjoy the high.

Squirrel on Shrooms

17 posted on 06/15/2010 9:30:23 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: plinyelder

Eating mushrooms could explain alot about squirrel behavior.


18 posted on 06/15/2010 9:30:31 PM PDT by dangus
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To: plinyelder
plinyelder: if the mushroom was poisonous, it'll probably take awhile (18 hrs to a couple days) to kill the squirrel. But some edible mushrooms grow from dead wood too. However, I'm inclined to think that if the squirrel was eating it, odds are it was edible.

I've seen squirrels eat mushrooms in my own yard and be none the worse for wear. However, once, while I was collecting for a mycology class, I came across a patch of Amanita pantherina and observed a squirrel eating one. I was unable to collect any (bags were all full), so I came back the next day. Lo and behold, there was a dead squirrel, probably the same one I'd seen the day before.

Got any pictures of the mushrooms in question? I could take a stab at identifying them- the odor, a good pic of the gills/pores, a cross section, and one just of the whole thing and its surroundings would give me a fighting chance. A spore print would be invaluable too- take the shroom, remove the stipe (if it has one), and lay it on a piece of paper for maybe a couple hours and let the spores collect on the paper. The paper should be part white, part black.
19 posted on 06/15/2010 9:39:38 PM PDT by verum ago (The US Armed Forces: if you mess with the best, you die like the rest!)
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To: uglybiker

I’ve got one for you

Little hamster falling asleep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A_eOouPbII

the comments are hilarious!


20 posted on 06/15/2010 9:39:42 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: plinyelder

Please tell me this one is not real:

baby with snake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oh0v_DHFrw&feature=related


21 posted on 06/15/2010 9:51:15 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: verum ago

There isn’t a mushroom .. anywhere!

I think the little bugger ran around stuffing himself and maybe buried the rest?


22 posted on 06/15/2010 9:52:29 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: plinyelder

Yep. Or more accurately, a bird in winter and a bird in summer.


23 posted on 06/15/2010 9:56:16 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 509 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: uglybiker

Do you know why red squirrels are the only type of squirrel in an area once they move in? Your animation made me remember the interesting answer. Despite their small size, they won’t tolerate other species of squirrels in their territory. To get rid of the other squirrels, reds will attack the male of the other species and bite off his jewels thereby rendering him incapable of reproducing!


24 posted on 06/15/2010 10:10:43 PM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: plinyelder
"Will I be picking up dead squirrels .. maybe tomorrow?"

Mushrooms are fine for squirrels...

It's the liquor that they can't handle.

25 posted on 06/15/2010 10:17:52 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: plinyelder
DUDE  I am so wiped...
26 posted on 06/15/2010 10:39:37 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: Natural Born 54

It must be the same with black squirrels.

Right down the block from me .. all I ever see are black squirrels.

I never knew there were such things as black squirrels until I saw them down the street!


27 posted on 06/15/2010 10:42:29 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: plinyelder
Not just birds. Squirrels can be cannibalistic too. (What won't rodents eat..?)
28 posted on 06/15/2010 11:31:08 PM PDT by verum ago (The US Armed Forces: if you mess with the best, you die like the rest!)
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To: plinyelder

It might be the same but it could also be that the black hair trait is genetically dominant over the other color so eventually you’d get the same result.


29 posted on 06/16/2010 12:36:42 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Natural Born 54
... it could also be that the black hair trait is genetically dominant over the other color so eventually you’d get the same result.

I hope so!
Those black one's are something to behold!

30 posted on 06/16/2010 12:42:28 AM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Natural Born 54; nolongerademocrat
I don't care what they do, as long as the squirrels don't get into important stuff!


31 posted on 06/16/2010 12:45:02 AM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: uglybiker

LOL!


32 posted on 06/16/2010 1:12:59 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: plinyelder

Yes. I’d trade our red ones for your black ones in a heartbeat.


33 posted on 06/16/2010 1:28:18 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: uglybiker

Good one!


34 posted on 06/16/2010 1:28:46 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: plinyelder

Well... they ARE rodents.


35 posted on 06/16/2010 7:13:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: plinyelder

Sure those are not fox squirrels? Around here the predominant ones are grays but every now and then a fox squirrel comes around. Considerably darker in color and somewhat larger than a gray.


36 posted on 06/16/2010 9:50:46 AM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: SMARTY

Or as we call them “tree rats’...


37 posted on 06/16/2010 9:52:38 AM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: plinyelder

Animals know what and what not to eat


38 posted on 06/16/2010 9:59:57 AM PDT by vigilante2 (Reelect Nobody)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Interesting to read about the animals going to shrooms. I just read that one of the researchers into dolphins in the 1960s was giving them LSD. At least the animals seeking shrooms are responsible for their own possible psychoactive states.


39 posted on 06/16/2010 10:24:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: vigilante2
Animals know what and what not to eat


40 posted on 06/16/2010 10:25:45 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: dangus; Slings and Arrows
>>Eating mushrooms could explain alot about squirrel behavior.

Not a PING ping!

41 posted on 06/16/2010 10:26:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: plinyelder
What's for dessert?


42 posted on 06/16/2010 10:30:04 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Play it, Sam, for old times' sake, play 'As Time Goes By'.")
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To: plinyelder; a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; ...
I walked around looking for a 'dead squirrel' a few hours after I saw what he was eating but .. no carcases!?

You'll find his body next to his little bell-bottoms and lava lamp.


43 posted on 06/16/2010 11:12:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: plinyelder
Once I had this dream that I was living the song "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats. The song was playing all through the dream and the story was playing out in front of me. It was really weird and then I woke up and...it was Monday!

I hate it when that happens.

44 posted on 06/16/2010 11:20:36 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; null and void

If ever there was a thread that begged for Nully and his squirrel eating a bird photo.


45 posted on 06/16/2010 11:36:05 AM PDT by Darksheare (Proudly buzzkilling the illusion of confidence in the progress of humanity for 35 years.)
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To: Allegra
You have the BEST non-sequiturs!
46 posted on 06/16/2010 11:40:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Darksheare; null and void

If only he had answered the call...


47 posted on 06/16/2010 11:41:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; null and void

He did, but still.. this thread was just asking for it.
Dancing around saying “Pick Me! Pick Me!”

Where’s the soldier figurine ‘hunters’ on the squirrel corpse?
Didn’t see that one yet.


48 posted on 06/16/2010 11:46:03 AM PDT by Darksheare (Proudly buzzkilling the illusion of confidence in the progress of humanity for 35 years.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Allegra

Dancing hamsters carrying oranges while the song “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood plays..
That was an odd dream.
Creepy considering I was about ten or so when I had that dream.. and still remember it.


49 posted on 06/16/2010 11:49:06 AM PDT by Darksheare (Proudly buzzkilling the illusion of confidence in the progress of humanity for 35 years.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I was looking for a story about a vicious mushroom.


50 posted on 06/16/2010 12:14:53 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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