What Wildlife Eats Conkers?

Despite being called horse chestnuts, conkers can actually be mildly poisonous to some animals.

Other animals, such as deer and wild boar, can safely consume them.

Do any animals eat conkers?

Conkers can be mildly poisonous to many animals, causing sickness if eaten, although some animals can safely consume them, most notably deer and wild boar.

Do GREY squirrels eat conkers?

Squirrels do not eat conkers but they have a compulsive urge to collect the nut and bury it.

What happens if you eat a Conker?

Conkers contain a chemical named aescin which is slightly poisonous, and it can make you vomit and even cause paralysis. The seed of conkers tastes very bitter as a result of this chemical. The seed looks very similar to chestnuts and thus many people get misled into eating conkers thinking that they are chestnuts.

Can pigs eat conkers?

It’s not edible is it? “If you started eating conkers, you’d have a stomach ache pretty soon afterwards as they’re full of tannic acid and that wouldn’t do your stomach lining very much good at all. “However some things eat them. Pigs for example are quite happy to munch away on conkers.”

Do conkers keep spiders away?

Conkers might not repel spiders

The story goes that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders but no-one’s ever been able to scientifically prove it. There’s hearsay that if a spider gets close to a conker it will curl its legs up and die within one day.

Can you eat conkers raw?

Can you eat conkers? No. It’s not a good idea to eat conkers because they contain a chemical called aesculin, which is poisonous. You’d have to eat an awful lot of conkers before it killed you, but you’d probably be sick.