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ROCKY - 2008-11-26
I just acquired a flying squirrel, which is not native to my state. It is definitely an adult, if I am to go by the size and description. Does anyone have any good advice re: raising them or what the best food/books would be for information?

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lily - 2008-11-21
Hi, I have a pet grey squirrel which is illegal where I live. I will be taking an exam next year to become a rehabber to help out and also to protect my squirrel "ownership" status. I have a huge cage for him and he is indoor/out and very tame. I've looked around to find out if there was another "legal" pet that is compatible with squirrels, but haven't found anything written on the subject. If anyone in this forum has experience and knows, I'd love to hear. Although I spend about an hour a day just playing with him, he is very social and I always think a companion would be more entertaining :)

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Gail Dolly - 2008-10-25
I got my squirrels about a month ago. A man who had gotten them when their nest was blown out of a tree had raised them. He had gotten into trouble and had gone to jail. I was going up and feeding them every other day (round trip of 30 miles) and then found out he was going to be gone for a year and a day. Also, he was keeping them in a curio cabinet. Well, we built a nice big cage and brought them home. We feed them well and they seem to be doing very well. They are very sweet but we don't try to handle them, I'm not sure that they are hand-tame or not. However, I have raised three gray squirrels and released them to the wild, but these two were too habituated to the house and wouldn't last a day outside. Squirrels, as a rule, aren't very good pets because they simply aren't adapted for life inside a house. However, these wouldn't be safe outside, so I think it's best that they live indoors.

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steve - 2008-10-25
On Southern Flying Squirrels, no, I don't really care that some government hack feels that I need a permit to save a blinded animal from a house cat. As for those of you that feel that I should care, please note that I regularly shoot deer and grey squirrels with a crossbow.
If I want to save a tiny little critter from a cat, then I will. If I'm paid to shoot a bigger critter to keep it from eating fascia, I'll do that too. If you have a problem with that, apply for the position of God - since she's dead, I'm sure you'll get right in. When you get that spot, I'll be happy to listen to you. Until then...

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Anonymous - 2008-10-09
Anybody care that it is ILLEGAL to possess or care for a S. Flying Squirrel without a state issued permit from a game warden? I don't see any of anyone having a permit from any of the entries. S. Flying Squirrels are wild animals and belong in the wild, not kept as pets.
Editor's Note: Like many of the exotic animals, in some states they are legal and in others they are not. Some states and/or communities may require permits or licensing to own a Southern Flying Squirrel. Be sure to check with the authorities for your city, county, and state. Checking with your city hall, town or county office, and the US Department of Agriculture and other government offices, such as the Fish and Game Department, can lead you in the right direction. Also check with the health department for any regulations they may have.

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destiny - 2008-10-09
My cat Uno was chasing a 5 week old baby flying squirrel. I was mad at him and saved the squirrel. It's a boy, and his name is Alvin. He is so cute, I've only had him for a few days but my mom and I are taking good care of him. I'm hoping to save more.

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Jenny - 2008-09-27
We found our baby by accident thinking at first it was a baby rat. Then my grandfather saw what it really was and took it to my mother, who already had the experience of saving a flying squirrel. She used kitten milk. Fuzzy Butt, as we call her, survived and we kept her in our house that is made up of nothing but wood; chairs, cabinets, flooring and even our walls. We learned fast that we couldn't keep her inside so my mother built an outside cage that can fit four people inside. Fuzzy Butt is the highlight of the family's day. Only she has a thing against human males and our female dog that she chases all over our house.

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Deena - 2008-09-11
Squirrels are wild creatures, and should not be kept as a pet. If raising an orphaned squirrel, they need to be fed esbilac, (Puppy formula) and not regular milk. They do better raised with other squirrels than being alone. If you find a baby squirrel take it to a rehabiliter, so it can be raised properly and released to be able to live like a real squirrel. In most places it is illegal to have any kind of wildlife unless you are licensed. You may think they are cute, because they are, but its not fair that captive squirrels cannot live the life that they are supposed to, free to be a squirrel.

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leighann - 2008-08-24
My name is leighann and I'm 15. About 3 days ago I found 2 baby squirrels. They are both girls, they're less than a week old, and they're so cute. Well, they fell out of my oak trees in my front yard, so I'm stil caring for them and I hope they make it. I'm feeding them whole milk warmed up for about 10 sec. with a syringe. One of them has a big appetite, the other not so much. They're bruised up and cut up badly, but once I saw them, I fell in love with them and I hope they make it.
I named them- Scar-cuz it will have scars from falling on a bed of sticks ;( and Seeker-cuz she's all seeking for stuff.

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jeannie - 2008-08-23
8 months ago we found the sweetest pet ever! Yes, his name is Rocky. He is the most lovable, and smartest pet we have ever known. Yes, comes when we call him, and knows the word, "no" and gets mad, just as a child when he can't eat want he wants. He loves chocolate and prescription medicine! Our dogs, ferrets and cat had to get use to a new family member who gets his own way, and eats and sleeps when he wants.. He is only caged at night. He did get loose and go outside, but we got him back just fine. We have a rope hanging in our livingroom draped across the ceiling for our baby to run on. He plays, gets a bath, and sleeps in your hand. He just wants to be loved at all times, and we love him! I have pictures if you would like to see them.

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