Updated: Apr 7
Here's why you should NEVER
feed peanuts to squirrels!
Unless they are chipmunks
or ground squirrels,
which are immune to the following:
I understand your confusion,
cause most wildlife prepackaged foods
contain peanuts both with
and without shells.
They do this out of the simple fact,
that peanuts are so inexpensive
that they use them to fill up their packages.
So make sure you buy some
The shell of the peanut
can contain an undetectable fungus.
This fungus, or mold has been linked
to permanent brain damage,
such as epilepsy and seizures,
as well as heart, liver and lung failures.
The Peanuts are a legume, like a bean,
not an actual nut.
When raw they contain a trypsin inhibitor,
a substance that inhibits or prevents protein
from being absorbed into the body.
This can lead to unreversible and
Even if the peanut is roasted at
300 degrees Fahrenheit
for the required 30 minutes,
there's still a chance of the fungus
and the trypsin to survive.
Peanuts have close to zero
nutritional values, whatsoever,
so it's basically like eating potato chips.
They are the most unhealthy "nut"
in the category.
Like iceberg lettuce is the worst
in their category.
A general rule when feeding wildlife,
is to never give them something
that isn't naturally grown in your country.
Squirrels won't eat peanuts on their own,
unless there's absolutely no other option
or alternatives available.
A simple fact is,
it's better to be safe and
not give them any peanuts,
than sorry for shortening their lifespan
with a long, slow and very painful death.