I’ve always wondered which critters ate wild mushrooms.

Ron LeValley captured a photo of a Western Gray Squirrel sitting by a tiny forest of mushrooms. Ron wrote, "I know these little fellows like to eat mushrooms. If this one likes those little ones, it must have been very happy as about a thousand of them fruited on the morning I took this picture!"

Western Gray Squirrel by Ron LeValleyThese mushrooms could be Liberty Caps, Psilocybe semilanceata, and they have hallucinogenic  properties. Perhaps this beautiful Gray Squirrel just let them be.

It's obvious Banana Slugs eat mushrooms - a walk in a forest after a rain will show you just how much they love mushrooms. Ann Davis photographed this Banana Slug munching on one.

Banana slug munching on mushroom by Ann Davis

I believe Gray Foxes and Deer eat mushrooms too. And, of course, we critters with two legs.

Thanks to Ron and Ann for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Ron's nature photography, here is his website: http://levalleyphoto.com/home/

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