amanitas and squirrels

August 30, 2009

I recently went on an interior camping trip and watched a red squirrel acting very strange – scolding us (more than usual), fake(?) charging us, and tending his mushrooms farm with a suspecting eye. After some nosing around, I noticed that the caps on some Amanita Muscaria mushrooms were missing. Amanita Muscaria, also known as Fly Agaric contains hallucinogenic chemicals. Could this be the reason for this outrageous behaviour?

Lots of information agrees that squirrels eat magic mushrooms with some funny results. Seems like we had a high flying red squirrel whose addictions made him paranoid and protective of his stash.