Do squirrels need access to a water source?

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See them all the time atop the bird bath.....Fred
 

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Never heard anything official. But after growing up in the desert I have to doubt it. Other rodents "make" their water from the food they eat, so why not squirrels? Probably depends on the species and location, but I know lots of places with squirrels and no water within the range of short little squirrely legs. :wink:
 

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Yeah I've never seen them going to a "water source" but I don't know if they simply get enough from food, or perhaps it's tiny water puddles trapped on top of the leaves. I have seen them active in winter in snowy ground, no "water" present but taking in a bit of snow from the nut they just dug up..., maybe that's how they do it?

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We just came out of 3 month drought, (Gatlinburg burned), the squirrels on the ridges stayed on the ridges and didn't go to water. I did see one licking dew off a leaf.
 

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I think, like all things, they do what is easiest to conserve energy and still get what they need.

I have a small plastic "pool" inserted into the ground at one place on my property and I have seen all kinds of animals come to that to drink, including many squirrels. Some hang around it drinking for quite some time foraging then drinking, foraging, drinking.
 

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Squirrels are small and opportunistic...they don't need to go to a larger body of water like a deer does...From the morning dew to a puddle in a tree crotch....to even tree sap, they drink where they can find it...If a creek or bird bath is handy they will take full advantage of that.

Squirrels are also great swimmers...and can cross large rivers...
 

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This morning, while watching my squirrels eat at their feeder, I watched one walk over to a piece of rain gutter I had laying on the ground a few yards away....The cutter had water in it and he bellied up and took a long drink......
 

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I can just picture him saying,

"ALL RIGHT. Which one of you clowns put the leaf in my drinking water?"
 

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Up here in the high pines of N AZ the best way to limit out on tree rats is to sit a water hole. I have limited out more times than not. Course I see em all the time miles from the nearest (known to me) water hole so Yes and no....I guess?

I dunno :hmm:

I will keep sitting water :haha:
 

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