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Why Don’t We Eat Squirrels? Weird Facts About a Quirky Animal

Why Don't We Eat Squirrels Weird Facts About a Quirky Animal

Food is the most interesting thing that one cannot and should not restrain oneself from exploring. In recent times trying out various dishes has begun a conversation of excitement and fun. As most of the food items have a lot to say about their culture and tradition.

But exploring should be done with utter care and responsibility, we believe. Especially while exploring and experimenting with various food items. Of Course, they come with great taste and texture, but their health hazards cannot be ignored as well.

A recent report mentions that the UK has been witnessing some tremendous increase in the consumption of Squirrel meat. Really? Well, YES! But is it safe to eat squirrels?

Well, talking about the safety of consumption of squirrel meat, there is a lot of conversation initiated on the same but still could not reach to any satisfactory answer. To resolve that we tend to provide an answer to your question by the end of the article. So, without delaying it any further let us just straight shoot the topic and have a satisfactory answer at the end of the article.

Is it a good idea to Eat Squirrels?

Well, one of the most common reasons might be that consumers are still not able to process the fact that squirrels can be eaten too. As we all know, introduction to any new needs time to adjust.

Moreover, people are quite cautious about what they consume and the ongoing conversation on the subject has already given them enough reasons to not try it. But it is safe to consume as many responsible people as possible at higher positions have already mentioned it.

Another very possible reason why people avoid eating squirrel meats could be their love for these creatures. A lot of people are fond of squirrels and some even feed them and pet them. So, it might not just feel right to eat them. Also, the lack of knowledge in terms of which squirrel should be eaten and other related stuff also keeps them at bay from including them in your diet.

Is It Safe to Consume Squirrel Meat?

Well, if the outlets are serving vigorously and eaters end up only praising after finishing their bite then it is quite evident that it must be safe to consume or rather let us say it is treated or processed in a way that clears the toxins that could be hazardous to human health. So, to an extent, the squirrel meat can be safe.

But several surveys have different opinions too. Although nothing is not proved or confirmed, as rightly said prevention is better than cure. Also, one is not very sure about the foodstuff that squirrels consume. So that can be a matter of concern too, sometimes.

Check out this articles below to educate yourself on the health hazards that can be associated with eating squirrel meat.

Why Has Eating Squirrels Fascinated the Crowd?

Why Has Eating Squirrels Fascinated the Crowd

Some people might just cringe over the idea of even giving a thought to consuming squirrel meat. But a lot of other people have otherwise to say. The fascination of trying new food items and then followed by the taste is what convinces people to try new food items that they would have never even dreamt of.

Trying new food items are at the heart of the crowd. Moreover, there is no other better way than food to soothe your heart. People, for ages, have been crazy about the food and its types that can be explored. Maybe this can be one of the reasons why people get fascinated by the idea of trying something new.

Many chefs and regular squirrel meat eaters have to say that their meat tastes a lot like rabbit meat or sometimes even better than that. They taste sweet and thus the squirrel meat began to get a strong mention in most of the famous outlets, especially in the UK.

Health Hazards of Eating Squirrel Meats

There is no such proven or confirmed health hazards related to eating squirrel meat yet. However certain surveys specify that eating squirrels’ brains can cause certain problems, again no proven facts yet.

But one needs to take some care on things that they choose to consume. One can never be sure of what foodstuff squirrels consume and thus this leads the eater at risk.

Squirrels sometimes may have been contracted to some disease, which if not checked and referred can put the consumer at risk.

And we all know that eating any animal raw or cooked always comes with certain risks, but still consuming them is a personal choice.

How to be Careful while Eating Squirrel

  • There is no proven risk yet on consuming squirrel meat so avoid getting trapped in unnecessary conversation.
  • Always ensure to enquire enough about the dish you are consuming made from squirrels to stay confident on consuming it.
  • Avoid eating it daily as too much of anything can lead to certain health hazards.
  • Avoid eating the brain of the squirrels to stay on a safer side.


We hope you feel confident in understanding why people face dilemmas when deciding to include squirrel meat in their diet. As per reports, it has no hazardous effects on human health. Its taste and texture are quite like the wild rabbit and often tastes sweet which makes people crave for more.

So, you can always consider eating it without feeling hesitant or worried, again depending on your personal choice and comfort.

We hope that this article provided you with the needed guidance on the subject but if in case you still have any doubts on the above-discussed subject then please feel free to use the comment section below to voice it. We will get back to you at the earliest possible with the best knowledge available on the same.

Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan holds a Master’s in Animal Behavior from Cornell University, dedicating his 11-year career to understanding and improving the human-animal bond. Since joining our website in 2022, Cesar has provided insights into pet care, behavior modification, and animal communication. His background includes roles in animal research and as a professional dog trainer. Cesar’s previous roles included working as a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. Cesar is an avid wildlife photographer in his leisure time and participates in conservation education programs.

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