Well, Shut My Mouth

Tastes like ‘sketti!

One of the comments on my “Squirrels of 2013” post on Tuesday from from Noelle, who frequently comments on my squirrel photos.  Here’s what she had to say:

“Some of these pictures are priceless! I’d forgotten that squirrels will eat pumpkin. The squirrels at my daughter’s house are going nuts (!) over the acorns we are leaving out for them. And looking less skinny. The acorns are gone before you even turn to leave! Maybe some pumpkin? They provide lots of entertainment for my grandson.”

I responded:

I have yet to capture any squirrels eating pumpkin. I always put it out by the tree after Halloween, and they’ll play around on it, but that’s it. Even the year I saved the seeds and goop from inside… they preferred the acorns and corn!”

Emphasis mine…. I can do that on my own quote, right?

Naturally, after making that statement, what did I look out my window the VERY NEXT DAY and see?


Yes, this little guy was gnawing away at pieces of my discarded squirrel o’lantern!  I throw that thing out there every year on November 1st, and I had never seen one actually eat any of the pumpkin until this past Wednesday!

We should have this treat more often!

So here’s to this week’s Saturday Squirrel for proving me wrong in the cutest of ways.  And for helping to naturally recycle my old Halloween decorations…

Good shit, Maynard!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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26 Responses to Well, Shut My Mouth

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Perfect pics! We always heave ours in the woods behind the house so I never see anyone enjoying them…

  2. What a story! You should try to wish something else you want, in two days you will have it. I love those pics, the last one where he is smiling after a good meal is amazing.

  3. We also put our pumpkin in the back woods after Halloween and let the critters enjoy it. Amazing you saw this right after you said you’d never seen a squirrel eat one of your Squirrel-O-Lantern “gifts” !! Now how about you say “I’ve never won a million dollars” and see if THAT comes true too??????????


    • I’m sure I said that a lot before I was on the game show and that didn’t work! Maybe my wishes only come true with squirrels…. you know, a squirrel has never given me a million dollars before!

  4. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks, ESN! I asked my daughter if we could smash one of their small pumpkins to see if their squirrels would like it, but she wants to wait. Since we started with the acorns, there are TONS of squirrels around their yard – I need to take some pictures. And they are looking a bit healthier. Can’t wait to see them eat the pumpkin!

  5. Looks like squirrel rosary beads. 🐿 Have a great weekend!

  6. Aw. ❤ That last picture was (to me) the most precious, he looks like he's laughing (or stoned..?). Thanks for sharing some really green recycling! 🙂

  7. That’s a priceless story! But isn’t that how things seem to go? You think you might know something … Your photos are so great and brimming with cuteness. 🙂

  8. Juliette says:

    As cute as cute can be. Awwwww sweet as Punkin Pie!

  9. Kismet says:

    DO that and next year the squirrel will return as something scary.

  10. Trisha says:

    So cute and he looks very happy while gnawing on punkin guts! I’ve never seen the squirrels eating our jack o lantern leftovers but they love to gnaw on any pumpkins I try to grow. 🤬

    • If I tried to grow pumpkins, they’d probably get all gnawed on too. I wish they’d gnaw on the weeds that have grown up the trunk of my oak (which is behind said squirrel)… I long gave up on trying to keep that mess tamed.

  11. draliman says:

    I love how he’s holding it in his little paws as he munches away.

  12. mydangblog says:

    We put ours out for them too—and sometimes pumpkins grow there the next year from the seeds!

    • That happened one year with the gourds we’d get from the pumpkin farm when I was a kid. The vines started growing up from where we’d dumped them the next Spring, and started intentionally planting them all over the yard after that! Didn’t have to buy gourds from the pumpkin farm then!

  13. He’s so sweet. I haven’t tried pumpkin but they certainly have been enjoying the apples in my yard. I did get some shots this year of them eating the apples, not just the discarded half-eaten apples left on the fence. I even caught one eating the apples right off the branch. Made me rethink my eating habits. I could skip dishes if I ate right in the grocery store…

    • Given all of the half eaten and discarded packages I find at work, I think many people actually do eat at the grocery store…. so knock yourself out! It’s good to hear your squirrels are eating healthy! The most exotic thing growing on trees in my neighborhood is pine cones, and I can’t even get a picture of a squirrel with one of them….

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