Deer do eat watermelon because it is both delectable and has a wealth of nutrients that can support their well-being and promote their growth.
Without further adieu, we present to you one of our deer enjoying some watermelon in the following video.
As you've just witnessed, deer have nothing against the rinds, they're happy to crunch them down together with the rest of the fruit, if the slices are compact enough to handle. If we're talking deer attacking the watermelon patch though, the shell of the fruit is often in pieces too big to bother chewing, especially since they might as well go after the the juicy, sweet flesh within.
They will use their sharp hooves to puncture the watermelon and crack it open.
Naturally, this can be problematic for farmers as it can cause significant damage to the harvest and attract other pests to the watermelon patch, resulting in a loss of crops.
Watermelon is a nutrient-dense fruit that contains a variety of essential vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to both humans and animals alike. Some of the key nutrients found in watermelon include:
In addition to these nutrients, watermelon, like cucumber, is also a good source of hydration, as it is composed of about 92% water. This makes it an ideal snack for deer and other animals living in hot and dry environments.
Deer thrive on consuming variety of foods, but they need to get used to things over time. Many fruits and vegetables are perfectly safe and beneficial to deer, things like apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes etc, provided they're consumed in moderation and animals had time to adjust to eating them.
It is important to safeguard the young shoots of watermelon plants from being consumed by deer since they are not as resilient at this stage. If they are eaten early in their development, it can have a detrimental effect on their growth.
Mature plants, on the other hand, can withstand some amount of damage from deer and may recover, although their growth may be stunted.
We have listed a number of methods for protecting your garden from deer, anything from scent repellents to motion activated gizmos. Still, nothing beats a solid fence. Check out the article and make some notes.
Watermelon is a popular fruit among many animals in addition to deer. Some of the common animals that eat watermelon include raccoons, squirrels, birds, and insects like bees and butterflies.