Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do Chipmunks eat Slugs?

When the chipmunk hopped up on a branch above the leaf litter below I thought it was holding a seed of some type in its paws.

 As the chipmunk began to eat I realized that this was not a seed!


 
After extracting and eating the slug's entrails it paused for moment with the slug's empty body grasp tightly.

 After a short pause little rodent resumed eating;
 


 finishing by licking its paws after the last bite.  The chipmunks diet mostly consist of seeds, nuts, fruits, and other plant materials however they have a carnivorous side as well as this series of photographs illustrates. 




8 comments:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Wonderful captures Coy.

TexWisGirl said...

i think i just lost my appetite.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

One has to have a varied diet.LOL

Montanagirl said...

Terrific set of photos, Coy. I had no idea they'd eat anything like that!

Bill said...

Never seen that before.

Elaine said...

Fascinating! I never would have expected a chipmunk to eat a slug!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Didn´t know that!
Great capture in the right moment!

bailey-road.com said...

Ya learn something new every day. Great captures.