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stella74 - 2012-05-10
Hi, Im so glad I found this sight. I rescued my female gray squirrel late last fall, she is about 9 months old now. I have raised several before but this one "Twitch" I'm not sure that I can release her. She was probably only 5-7 days old when she was brought to me. There were 2 but I lost her sister "Flick" at about 2 months old :(.
Twitch is still handlable but very protective of her cage. All in all a very healthy squirrel. A friend made me feel guilty for not releasing her yet, but I live in Wisconsin & it just started to warm up.
I also have a little 2 month old female that fell from her tree a a kind lady brought her to me to raise she is doing well & starting to wean from the formula. She already seems more wild than Twitch. I plan on releasing her later in the summer. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-11
    Release her gradually - ie make sure she has food outside. You can taker her outside in her cage and leave the cage on the porch and let her go in and out. Put food in the cage or right in front of it. Make sure she can find food etc on her own and just keep on feeding her. She might one day bring the babies back and introduce you.
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phillipa stockwell - 2011-04-22
Hey. I just recently aquired a baby squirrel aged about 5 weeks. One of two found in my street. One of which was taken to an squirrel sanctuary . Very friendly yet a bag of bones. No sign of the mother and I am just wondering if you have any tips that will help me at all? please thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-22
    First basic step is keep it warm. Do not put it on a towel or anything else that can ravel. Use a soft blanket, cloth diapers, flannel etc. Have a soft bottom with the ability for the squirrel to curl up. You can put the squirrel in some sort of a box with the cloth inside and a heating pad under 1/2 the box. That way if the squireel needs more heat he can go toward the heated end. Make sure the squirrel is hydrated before you attempt to feed him You can give him pedialyte (found in grocery stores) heated using a small syringe that can be purchased at a pet store. You do not SQUIRT. You just lay the pedialyte on his tongue and let him drink it. Do not SQIRT. Once that is done and he is hydrated you can mix the pedialyte with Ebsilac (doggy formula) adding a little yogurt. Add the yogurt to avoid diarreah. Again warm the formula and feed using the syringe (usually 6 cc) every 4 - 6 hours. More if he will take it. Do not SQUIRT. Lay the formula on his tongue and let him swallow. Now you can make up some food. Use a baby rice cereal and then you can blend (using a blender) some nuts or baby apple sauce or vegatables which will have the consistency of a yogurt. Put some on your finger and let him lick it off your finger till he gets the idea of eating from a dish. Stop the Ebsilac formula when he doesn't want it and let him eat as much of the blended food mix as he wants. Gradually introduce things like bananas, apples, vegatables etc. Good luck. It is work but it is a nice work.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-12
    Keep hydrated with pedialite and once that is maintaioned you can start giving it Science Diet dog food!!!!! Very important to not just feed nuts!!! Or pecans, this will cancel out any Calicum taken in and do the baby great harm!!!! Remove all nuts and don't use anything that reads for squirrels that they sell in wal-mart!!! Untill you get the Science Diet, I suggest you remove any nuts from the cage and replace with cut up pieces of fruit!!! A nut diet will cause this baby much pain!!!!
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Dollene Davidson - 2011-07-15
I need help fast...by baby, Munson, who is about 7-8 years old, suddenly became ill. I found him in his cage, which I keep in my room, stiff on the bottom. I immediately got him out and began giving him Pediolite. He drinks it thru a baby bottle. I have been doing this every two hours, along with various fruit juices and a mixture of nuts, mixed in a blender. He seems to be tender in his body, but lets me scratch him and responds to me. I have read all of the comments, and am going to give him some milk in a minute. I love this little guy. My cat brought him to me years ago, with no fur and his eyes were not open. I will do anything to save him. I live on Amelia Island, FL, just north of Jacksonville, FL. Please, someone help me. I simply don't know what happened as we were playing just Thursday. I took photos of him and he was happy. He gets plenty of fresh veggies and nuts in the shell, fresh figs from my fig tree. He wasn't hurt while we were playing. My heart is breaking. Thank you, Dollene Davidson Amelia Island, Fl

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-15
    Is there a vet nearby who will look at squirrels or other exotic pets? If there is, they may have emergency services over the weekend (although expensive). My best advice would be to get him to a vet as soon as possible - he doesn't sound well at all. It sounds like what you are feeding him is adequate, and the fact that he is eating at all is a semi-good sign. Depending on where his body is tender, and if he will tolerate it, try putting either a heat pack (not too hot that it will burn or raise his core body temperature) or an ice pack on it. This may at least help to make him more comfortable for the time being.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-16
    I am so sorry. I know you love this little thing and just how attached you must be. I doubt there is anything you can do except be there - and I know you are. The Pedialyte will help and do keep him warm. Place a heating pad, wrapped in a towel, on low under 1/2 his enclosure or just hold him. I know you must be upset, but you were kind and wonderful enough to give him all he needed and wanted for many years. You could try mashing up sunflower seed or even try banana and feed him with your finger. Animals are funny things --- they act healthy, healthy, healthy until they can't be. They can't show weakness in the wild so they don't show weakness to us humans. I am sorry. She has just gotten older and the life span for an eastern grey is 3 - 6 years - less for a male. She had a wonderful life and a loving human. She is tired.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-12
    Science Diet dog food!!!!!!!! If you can get him hydrated then start feeding him Science Diet Dog food, even if you have to crush it up and mix with WATER, no pediolite!!!
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Rachel Stewart - 2012-03-26
Me and my husband just got a young squirrel named Tarzan. My husband rescued him from a tree when he was approx. 5-7 weeks old. He's probably around 10 weeks (maybe a little less) now and he nibbles on our fingers a lot. We're worried he will keep doing this until he's older and it will actually hurt or he might accidently hurt someone. Is there anyway to keep them from doing this???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Squireells, guinea pigs, bunnies, mice all nibble on fingers. Possibly salt, possibly to become familar - I don't really know. However, most small little critters do it. It does not mean they are going to bite. I sure don't know of a way to stop it though.
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kat - 2012-02-19
We rescued a baby squirrel about two months ago. I have raised 3 squirrels and with this one he was so sweet and lovable, I would take him out and play with him for at least 6-8 hours out of the day and then about two weeks ago he had really bad seizures for about two days. I feed him fruits, vegetables, formula, nuts, primate biscuts, also science diet small dog food and he has a femur bone which he loves to chew on so I know he is getting the calcium that he needs which is what I have read why they have seizures, but he hasn't had any more seizures. But since the seizures he chatters his teeth and bites all the time, you can't even pick him up now. He can't be released because he can't take care of himself. He can't climb or sit on branches without falling off and he can't hold food without falling over. I have to chop everything up for him. He has a little stuffed squirrel that he plays with and acts normal now accept for he is bitting. Is there anything I can do

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-19
    There really isn't anything you can do to prevent the biting. I would suggest a rehabilitaion facility, though. You have some solid experience in raising squireels but at a rehab facility, they have a bunch and medicines and know what to look for. At this stage, he can't be released and yet, he can't be a pet. You don't know if he is ill or if there is some genetic defect. Possibly a rehab can determine that or he could at least be with others like himself.
  • James Peter - 2012-03-02
    btw, teeth chattering is a sign of fear/anxiety/stress in squirrels. Does he ever make a sad sounding cry or a growl? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asnqdb00ADs I really hate this jackass who made this video and purposely terrorizes the poor guy before release but you'll notice the teeth chattering along with growling. It sounds to me like you've got a full blown wild squirrel. It's rare to hear this from someone that raised it from a baby :(
  • James Peter - 2012-03-02
    Also, have you ruled out 'spring fever'? I think this can occur twice a year since eastern greys have two breeding periods. But I have read that some people experience the same kind of stuff you're talking about during these times.
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Krissy - 2010-06-25
I want a pet squirrel but I don't where to get them...or how much they cost.

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  • Kayley - 2010-10-24
    Go to helens little critters...that's where I'm getting mine, I paid 65 dollars for mine (:
  • hunter smith - 2010-12-19
    Most flying squirrels I see are around $150 and try http://www.helenslittlecritters.com/index.htm this is where I'm gonna get mine when I get the money and cage and stuff for it if you have anymore questions you can email me if you want at fluffymonkey69@gmail.com I know it's a weird email my friend made it for me and I just went with it.
  • carlos - 2011-03-07
    I have a pair of flying Squirrels and want to get rid of them.. I'm asking $250.
  • Zac - 2011-06-25
    I will buy one of those for $100 please.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-11
    I found this great place in Yorksville, Illinois. Its called PETS ONE. They had some really cute ones and were cheap too.
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lisa - 2011-03-13
How to stop a pet squirrel from biting?

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  • Rocky Campbell - 2011-09-16
    Our squirrel plays ruff with me, but my wife he just lays there and lets her massage him. I always have a nut for him to run around with him in his mouth. I get a sock and he hangs on it while I gently pull him in a circle. Go to his webpage and watch some of the videos.
  • Jennifer - 2011-09-20
    We just rescued a baby squirrel from a cat. The mom left and she never came back. She did not even bark for it or anything. We waited around to see if mom returned. I was wondering if you could give me any advice on what to do. I am pretty sure its a girl. I dont know what to feed her and should I take her to the vet to be looked at?
  • linda hines - 2011-09-22
    I have had great success with puppys milk. You can buy it at any pet store. It works great. Penny is now 7-8 weeks old and is almost weaned. Good luck.
  • linda hines - 2011-09-22
    Jennifer:
    You can also search orphaned wildlife care, baby squirrel care. It gives tons of info on the eastern gray and the red squirrel. It has timelines (what and how much to feed). I didn't know that you had to stimulate the squirrel so that it could relieve itself (something the mother would naturally do). It helped me out alot.
  • shannon - 2011-10-23
    I have raised six baby squirrels and have found the best formula to be 1 part human baby formula to 2 parts heavy whipping cream. Nothing else you buy will have enough of a fat content. They need the fat they have a very high metabolism.
  • Eagle - 2011-11-12
    I have had pet squirrels for i guess 20 years, they bite instinctively, its what they do. mine don't bite hard they just nibble to see what they like, tame ones are nibblers but there going to bit a little.
  • James Peter - 2011-12-16
    If your squirrel bites hard breaks skin and causes bleeding then he needs to be released. This kind of behavior is very hard to undo and is a reliable indicator that you got a wild squirrel. If you don't raise it from a baby or before it weens at least, you can forget about it
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levi - 2011-12-07
can you teach squirrels not to bite cuz i have one he fell out of a tree and he is an awsome pet but like to pick on my girlfriend

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  • James Peter - 2011-12-16
    Squirrels are individuals, so giving you a definite answer just wouldnt work. How old was this squirrel when you got him? Wild squirrels that are received past the weening stage when they leave the nest and begin their independent life are VERY difficult to tame, basically the older they are, the harder it will be. Its pretty straight foward. Even if you raised it from a pinky, you could still get an somewhat aggressive squirrel toward other people. Alot of squirrels are 1 people pets, if he attacks your girlfriend, he'll probably keep at it. If I were you, I would have her feed him treats several times a day, over time he should start warming up to her, but he'll probably mess with her on occasion indefinitely
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Meghen - 2011-12-01
i have a pet squirrel. her name is Chow. We sometimes call her Chowder because she eats alot. My grandma's friend found her down her in Florida in a tree they cut down and the mom or dad was not around anywhere so they brought 2 baby squirrels to my grandma. She took care of both of them but a few years later one of them died but we still have Chow she is 4. We got chow because my grandma died in Janurary last year. My grandpa came up from Florida with her and gave her to us. That is my story of my pet squirrel

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  • Lauren - 2011-12-01
    aww that is such a sweet story
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-01
    I am sorry about your grandma but so glad that Chow has a wonderful home.
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Lynn - 2011-09-06
I have a pet squirrell I rescued from a cat a year ago. He is one of the funniest pets I have had and I love him. He would have died if I had not saved him, he is very well cared for and loves me. I know because he hardly gets off me when he has time out of his big house. If I turned him loose he would not survive as he was a baby when rescued. I would not recommend every one to have one for a pet. But I have about 20 years in animal husbandry. What I would like to figure out is how to introduce new people to him that he doesn't act aggressive towards. Any suggestions??

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  • Rocky Campbell - 2011-09-16
    Thats great :)
  • sadhana chauhan - 2011-11-17
    I had a baby squirrel which is only 2 weeks old. Pls give me any suggestion so that he/she feel better. he/she was with me 5 day over. I keep it out side but mother not came and took it. Give me any solution so that I save her
  • James Peter - 2011-11-29
    My squirrel doesn't like when a small crowd of people surround us but has absolutely no problem with people in general and I let people / kids in public pet him. I should say, he lets them. :) I have noticed however that many other squirrel handlers have issues with their squirrels being aggressive toward other people, even people that share the same household with them. I have also noticed a trend that females appear to do this much more than males. I think it has something to do with nest/baby defending in the wild and might 'I'm just guessing here' be impossible to undo entirely.

    As you almost certainly know, watch for the signs like tail flicking and teeth chattering when he/she is around other people. Whenever Zosi gets nervous 'he's terrified of dogs' I comfort him by massaging his mouth which is his favorite thing. Search 'Zosi Nap time' on youtube to see what I am talking about. I dont know if just Zosi likes this or if all squirrels do but its essential in reassuring/calming mine. You are his tree basically and whenever he's nervous/startled, he'll run to you instinctively like a tree and squirrels defend their trees. which is why they can get very aggressive to people or animals that approach you. It's more that he's defending you than being afraid of them I think... a territorial thing basically.

    One thing I always tell people is to never grab Zosi, I don't think there is a single squirrel on the planet that likes this, if Zosi is showing any signs of discomfort, I remove him for the situation. Like when people surround us to see him, he'll try to hide by going into my shirt at the back of my neck.
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