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Cone Skeletons

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Red Squirrel striping a Spruce Cone and eating the seeds - Photo by Larry Halverson

Douglas Fir Cone and Cone "Sleketon" - Photo by Larry Halverson

This time of year Red Squirrels are busy cutting coniferous cones to store and eat. It doesn't take them long to strip the cone bracts and extract the numerous seeds from each cone with their teeth.

The squirrel pictured here finished off a cone (about 50 seeds) in less than 2 minutes. Studies have shown red squirrels can consume up to 145 cones per day.