While eating lunch at home, I had to set my pizza down for a moment. When I got back, I found that a squirrel stole my lunch. Now, I'm smart enough to understand pizza can't be good for squirrels. So what can they eat? If you're looking to make friends with your friendly neighborhood squirrel, here's the foods they will love to eat.

Nuts

Nuts that are still in their shell happen to be a squirrel's favorite snack. According to FeedingNature, nuts are actually pretty critical to squirrel nutrition, it's not just cartoons and movies showing us squirrels eating these treats. Look for walnuts, hazelnuts, acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and butternuts.

The reason why this food source is so beneficial is because it gives squirrels chewing exercise, and it also delivers natural protein and essential fatty acids, and it’s very important that squirrels receive these dietary components."

Remember though, peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts have very poor nutritional quality. Squirrelnutrition.com points out that an occasional peanut will not hurt a squirrel, but what can hurt them is the invisible toxic mold inside the peanut shell.

 

 Vegetables

Squirrels are predominantly herbivores. Many squirrels love to eat apples, peas, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, corn, broccoli and yellow squash.