The animal’s in the animal kingdom have a different digestive system than humans. Therefore, it is not surprising that some animals can do things with their digestive system that we cannot. But can squirrels burp and fart and if so what causes it?
Can Squirrels Burp and Fart?
The short answer is yes. Humans are not the only ones capable of farting and burping, it is very common among other mammals such as a cows, camels, goats and other ruminant animals. That said, squirrels are not capable of burping, experiencing heartburn, or vomiting, but these rodents can pass gas. Farting and burping are two different things, but both are results of the digestive process.
To better understand why squirrels can’t burp, we must first understand what burping is. Let’s take a closer look at a squirrels digestive system to see how it differs from ours and other animals.
What is Burping and Farting?
Burping is the release of gas from the stomach through the mouth. It occurs when gas and air become trapped in the stomach. The gas is then expelled through the mouth, often accompanied by a ‘belching’ sound.
Farting is the release of gas from the intestines through the anus. This happens when gas accumulates in the intestines and is expelled through the anus. Farts are often accompanied by a ‘flatus’ sound.
Swallowed air is often emitted as a burp, while gas produced by the breakdown of food is expelled as a fart.
Why Squirrels Can’t Burp?
According to this study, a flying squirrels has an enlarged part of the gut that contains a high level of bacterial diversity. This bacteria creates an efficient digestive system to obtain nutrients from their leaf-based diets while avoiding a plants defensive chemicals.
It’s also why squirrels don’t die when they eat poisonous mushrooms. Their gut bacteria break down the toxins before they have a chance to reach the bloodstream.
The study found that while squirrels have an efficient digestive system, it doesn’t produce methane like cows and other animals. This is because their gut bacteria doesn’t have the ability to break down cellulose which is necessary for methane production.
Cows have four compartments in their stomach, known as rumens. Inside the rumen, microbes break down the grass and plants a cow eats to create energy. During the process, the microbes produce different gasses, which can cause a cow to burp.
Why Squirrels Can Fart?
Almost all mammals can fart, except the sloth. Farts occur when a buildup of gas in the intestines is expelled through the anus. The gas is composed of different things like hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane.
Hydrogen and carbon dioxide are produced when food is broken down in the intestines by bacteria. The methane is produced by the breakdown of cellulose which is found in plants.
While squirrels can’t burp, they can fart because their gut bacteria breaks down cellulose to create methane. However, the amount of methane produced by squirrels is very low compared to other animals like cows.
If you have a pet squirrel and thought you heard them fart or burp, it’s likely a fart.
Do Squirrel Farts Smell?
All farts smell, even a squirrel’s. The gas expelled by a fart is often smelly because it contains sulfur. The amount of sulfur in the gas depends on the foods in a squirrel’s diet. A wild squirrel consumes a lot of nuts and seeds which contain sulfur.
A squirrel’s fart smells just like any other mammal’s fart, but the smell might be more potent because of the high amount of sulfur in their diet. That said, you’re not likely to smell or even hear a squirrel’s farts in the wild.
What Causes A Squirrel to Fart?
Like us, the thing that makes them fart is their diet. What they eat plays a big role in how much gas is produced and expelled. A squirrel’s diet consists mostly of nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.
Nuts and seeds are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing flatulence because they’re difficult to digest. Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber which can produce gas as the food is broken down.
Can All Squirrels Fart?
Yes, tree, ground and even baby squirrels can pass gas. While they can’t do it on demand, like us they have no control over their bodily functions.
Squirrels can pass gas, but they can’t burp like us. Their digestive system differs from ours and that of larger animals. It’s what allows them to eat poisonous mushrooms and other things that would kill us.
If you ever hear or smell a squirrel passing gas in the wild, don’t be alarmed. It’s a completely natural process for them! And who knows, maybe they do it to communicate with each other too. We may never know for sure.