I am no longer surprised at what squirrels find fun to chew on. From licking mortar to gnawing on a deck to eating a gas can, squirrels seem to find lots of things delicious.
My guess is stupidity in some cases and curiosity in others…plus maybe a need for minerals. Do you have a better explanation?
Squirrel – Chewing on Deck
Squirrel – Damage to Bird Feeder
Squirrel – Licking Mortar
Squirrel – Damaging Garden Hose and Gas Can
Squirrel – Clipping Maple Twigs
Squirrel-proof Bird Feeders (scroll down to the bottom to see two non-squirrel-proof feeders)
damage to gas can
damage to gas can nozzle
squirrel damage to pot
damage to plastic bucket
damage to hose
squirrel damage to bark
squirrel damage to plaster figurine
damage to bird house
damage to lawnmower gas tank
chew marks on aluminum fence tie
Did you wonder why your hummingbird feeder always seemed to be empty?
squirrel damage to cow skull (maybe they needed calcium?); painted with pepper oil when damage was discovered
a squirrel quickly learned to hang onto the end of the barn and, using one paw to hold down the perch, would shovel seed into his mouth with the other
plastic bird feeder chewed out