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    Default Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    Has anyone fed cactus pear to their squirrels? Im not even sure what type of vegetable/fruit category it would fall under. I will wait to feed till I get some input.

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    Are you talking about the prickly pear fruit that you find in the grocery store or something off a plant you found outside?

    I have fed dragon fruit before which mostly resulted in a lot of pink staining everywhere but it wasn't popular enough for me to try again. Genuine prickly pear fruit has tons of nutrients in it, but they also have lots of tiny spines that you will get in your hands when you deal with them, so I have never bothered.

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    Default Re: Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    Its the type you buy at the grocery store. No spines in it.
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    Default Re: Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    A google search for 'squirrel prickly pear' results in a lot of pictures of wild (ground) squirrels eating it.
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Size:  113.6 KB In Costa Rica they are called PITAYA..Very sweet, juicy and leave red trails everywhere. My CREW love them Their fur goes red--but it doesn't last but a few days.

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    Default Re: Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    Quote Originally Posted by stosh2010 View Post
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Size:  113.6 KB In Costa Rica they are called PITAYA..Very sweet, juicy and leave red trails everywhere. My CREW love them Their fur goes red--but it doesn't last but a few days.
    Stosh, these are what they call "Dragon Fruit" up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javarat View Post
    A google search for 'squirrel prickly pear' results in a lot of pictures of wild (ground) squirrels eating it.
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    Thank you, Now i know its not harmful to them. Whether they eat it is another story.

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    FWIW, my guys usually love the thick tops you cut off more than the mushy inside.
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    Default Re: Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    i live in the south and we have the prickly pears for a good
    amount of time during the summer months. my boys love them.

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    Default Re: Can squirrels have cactus pear?

    Not trying to thread jack but seeing that we're on this topic anyone know anything about the night blooming cereus? It's a type of cactus plant but it has no thorns on it. I just inherited one from my uncle that passed. It used to be my Granny's. But Sammy is going nuts for it. He's gotten into it and eaten a small amount once and seemed fine but I didn't want to give it to him without knowing. I've been keeping it outside but had to bring it in because of the weather. I'm just keeping it in one of my kids' rooms to keep it away from him.

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