Pumpkin is a nutritious food for humans to eat, especially during Halloween, but which animals like to eat pumpkin?
Many animals eat pumpkin – the pumpkin flesh and the pumpkin seeds. They include rabbits, foxes, rodents, deer, tortoises, lizards, and birds.
Insects like pumpkins too.
The Leaf-Footed Bug (Coreidae) is a small, plant-sucking insect. It feeds on the sap (juice) of plants. It is also a pest for farmers who cultivate crops, such as passionfruit, oranges, lemons, pumpkins, and watermelons.
Zoo keepers often give pumpkin to some of their animals. Some wildlife experts advise leaving pumpkin for animals to eat, and some wildlife experts advise not leaving pumpkins for wild animals to eat. Although pumpkins are not toxic to animals, large quantities could upset their stomachs.
Location of photographs: Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM