The acidity of oranges may be too much for some animals to digest. The most common animals that eat oranges are monkeys (Squirrel Monkeys), Birds (Parrots), Squirrels, Tamarins, Woodpecks, Mockingbirds, Turtles, Lizards, Caterpillars, and Raccoons.
Fruits are plant organs that contain the seeds of plants. When an animal eats the fruit, the seed is then deposited through the animal’s faeces into a new environment which allows it to germinate.
More fruits will be produced after one cycle of this process because the plant has now successfully created a new offspring.
This distribution method of fruits can be compared to strategies used by other parenting animals, such as birds who use their feathers for nest building or fish who scatter their eggs in nature.
Many primates eat fruits either daily or seasonally when they are abundant. Because primate diets consist mainly of protein and fat-rich foods like insects, mammals, reptiles, and birds, most primates do not feed daily fruits.
Humans are the only primates to eat fruit daily.
This is because we have learned how to cultivate and domesticate crops of fruits. Other apes such as chimpanzees will only eat fruit seasonally when it is abundant.
However, chimpanzees experience an extreme decline in body weight when they do not eat fruit, indicating that one of their primary food sources is fruits.
Human ancestors who began eating fruits had more energy for survival, thus creating a new phenotype, sapiens, or modern-day humans.
Fruits provide a habitat for many insects, which some primates, including humans, use as a source of protein. For example, certain types of figs are very effective at attracting spiders which make up a large portion of the primate’s diet in locations where they are abundant.
Primate communities that live in areas with little access to other forms of food, such as termites or honey, will turn to these figs.
The fruit has been found in tropical forests and savannas and even in arid regions like deserts. The seeds provide nutrients for many animals living in these habitats, including birds, rodents, and lizards.
“No animal eats oranges, at least none of the animals that are normally kept as pets.”
This is what most people would say when asked if animals eat oranges. But it’s not true! Numerous pets, including amphibians, parrots, turtles, lizards, and even some mammals like cats or dogs, eat oranges. And that doesn’t even count wild animals like bears, who also love to eat oranges.
Birds Especially Parrot Love Oranges
Most parrots (and many other birds) love oranges. This can be seen in nature documentaries, where you will often see flocks of orange-eating parrots flying over fields of orange trees in search of tasty treats hidden inside the delicious fruit. Larger birds like toucans may also enjoy an occasional orange snack.
You can train your parrot to eat oranges from the palm of your hand.
Many small lizards will also enjoy an orange snack from time to time, but more giant lizards like iguanas generally don’t. Some turtles and terrapins may enjoy a nibble on an orange too.
Cats and dogs will often eat oranges if given a chance.
Orange juice is enjoyed by both as well! However, be careful giving a dog too much orange because it can cause terrible diarrhoea in them as it’s mostly fiber with little nutritional value for them.
In addition, some studies have linked that a high amount of citrus fruits (like oranges) can lead to health problems in cats due to their lack of genetic adaptation to fruit-eating.
Rodents are Fond of Orange Peelings
Rabbits and guinea pigs can also eat orange peelings, but you’ll have to break it down into smaller pieces first as they won’t enjoy trying to chew through a large chunk of orange peel. Not even hamsters will eat oranges as they’re just too sour for them.
Some people even say that the koala bear eats oranges! But this is not true. The koala bear’s diet consists almost entirely of eucalyptus leaves and the occasional cup of tea (just kidding).
So keep your oranges away from marsupials like kangaroos or koalas, or any other animal for that matter, if you don’t want them to choke on the big chunks!
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The only exception to the “no animals eat oranges” rule are other orange-eating animals.
Two examples are black bears and tarantulas. Black bears love oranges because it contains lots of vitamin C, which can help prevent scurvy in them while also providing a tasty treat.
Tarantulas need all the extra vitamins they can get to keep their bodies healthy, too, so an occasional orange makes for a delicious meal!