Do Squirrels Eat Rabbits


Do Squirrels Eat Rabbits?

Squirrels are small rodents typically found in woodlands and urban areas around the world. With their love of acorns, nuts, and other small treats, one might assume that squirrels also eat rabbits. The answer to this question, however, is a little more complicated.

What Do Squirrels Eat?

Squirrels are omnivores. This means that as well as eating seeds, nuts, flowers and fruits, they will also eat some meat, such as insects, small birds or even small rodents. Squirrels can also scavenge carrion and feed on the eggs of other animals.

Do Squirrels Eat Rabbits?

In short, yes. It is quite likely that, if given the opportunity, a squirrel will try to eat a wild rabbit. However, it is unlikely that a squirrel will try to catch and kill an adult rabbit as they are much too big and strong. Instead, squirrels are much more likely to feed on the young rabbits (known as kittens) or on the eggs of wild rabbits.

Are Rabbits a Threat to Squirrels?

In general, no. Rabbits are bigger and stronger than squirrels, and so are in no danger from them. However, there is some evidence to suggest that rabbits may compete with squirrels for resources such as tree bark and fruits.


To summarize, squirrels do eat rabbits, but only if given the opportunity. They are mainly scavengers, and so are more likely to feed on dead or stillborn rabbits, or on their eggs. However, they are unlikely to actively hunt and kill adult rabbits due to their size and strength. In terms of competition, it appears that rabbits and squirrels may compete for similar resources, but this is not a cause for concern.

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