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Elaine - 2008-12-11
"Pet" squirrels MUST have Full Spectrum Lighting, and a healthy diet, which includes green, leafy, high calcium veggies...endive, kale, escarole, dandelions, and LITTLE fruit. Too much natural sugars in them. Also 70-80% of your squirrels daily diet should be Rodent Block. We have a specially made formula of rodent Block just for squirrels, that has been approved by Dr. Christopher Calvert, of the Animal Science Department at the University of California, Davis, and coauthor of the "Nutrient Requirements of Laboratory Animals, Fourth Revised Edition, 1995", and several of his colleagues as well, who are in the field of zoo diets.

If you want EXPERT advice from MANY rehabbers, and very knowledgeable people with pet squirrels, please come to www.thesquirrelboard.com.


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  • Andrea in Ontario - 2010-11-27
    Hi Elaine! I have referenced the squirrel board as well. The many experienced rehabbers there helped me tremendously with my 2, who have now been released. They come back daily for food... a lovely variety of veggies, nuts and squirrel block. It disturbs me to read about so many raising the infants on liquid kitten formula... :/
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julie ILY squirrels - 2010-11-06
For the diet of your squirrel you can give it fruits like peach, pear, apple, nectarine, cantaloupe, any kind depending on what your squirrel likes most.

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Angie - 2010-05-20
Hi,

I am raising four baby flying squirrels. Looking for permanent homes for them. 3 males, 1 female. ready to go in about a month. SE Wisconsin

wetoddid25@yahoo.com

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  • Randi - 2010-10-06
    Hi was wondering if you have any babies left and how much you're asking for them. Also how old --I would be interested in the female most if you still have her.
    Thanks
  • jo timmons - 2010-10-27
    Hi,
    My name is jo and I have a young male. Interested in a female. I have raised squirrels all my life. I love them..do you still have any left?
  • Jessica - 2010-11-01
    Hi my name is jessica and I am raising a baby gray squirrel do you know if they will get along with each other?
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jacob - 2010-10-22
Hi, I found a baby fly squirrel in my yard and I'm not sure how old he is or how to take care of him. He is about six inches long and his eyes are fully opened. Any help will help. Email me at jacobbzmn@gmail.com. Thank you.

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Mimi - 2010-04-06
I am hoping someone can give me some input to an issue we are having with our flying squirrel " squirrely". She is approx. 4 1/2 yrs. now we have had her since she was really tiny we found her on the ground in our yard she was so small we had to bottle feed her. She has always been the best little pet. Recently however she has become aggressive with us. She has a nice large tall pen and is released in a room at night to glide around. We are looking for some insight into why she has become aggressive. It's been about 6-8 weeks now. Do they go through a hormonal maturity or heat cycles that could cause this and if so how long does their cycle last or could there be something wrong with her such as a brain tumor. I have to say we only recently noticed that her nipples down her belly are visible. We don't know what to do. Is there a vet we can contact that is familiar with flying squirrel behavior. Nothing has changed in her surroundings that should have caused this change in her does anyone know if this is typical? Any info is greatly appreciated. We are so worried about her. And wonder if she needs to be introduced or released back into the wild. Thank you for any help.

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  • Diana Walls - 2010-09-19
    Hope your squirrel is ok. All wild animals become aggressive at some point in their lives. It is illegal to keep wild animals for a reason. You have an animal who's wild instincts just took over and she wants to "go home" to the woods where she should have been in the first place. The next time you find a wild animal I hope that you have the forsight to take it to a wildlife rehabber and not try to raise it as a pet to become unhappy and unreleasable. There is nothing wrong with your squirrel. She is healthy and just acting like a wild animal. Take her to an environmental center.
  • Michael Tyler - 2010-09-22
    Sounds like mating season to me. Tends to case mood swings in flyers. The nipples showing is definitely a sign of that as well.
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ANNIE - 2010-09-11
Four full grown grey squirrels come every day for walnuts. They are, piggy pants, scarface, dusty, slimfast. Dusty because he has the fullest and most beautiful tail, slimfast because she is so tiny and thin always eating, scarface because he has a diamond scar on his back, piggy because he shoves so much in his mouth. I open my door at 5:30 in the morning and they are there if not all for sure two. If I am late they jump at my door. They have even brought their young to eat. Seen 3 and they are following in the same pattern as the adults. I enjoy them and they do come from down the block when I call them. Not by name, but a sound I make and have seen them stop in their tracks and turn and come in my direction. Only bad thing is they pea on my porch and that draws flies. But they are so faithful.

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chelsey - 2010-08-14
hey, i am looking for a female flying squirrel pup. mine had died a few months ago and i am ready to have a strong bond and someone to put effort into if you have one please call or email. i would greatly appretiate it. 904-422-2515 or 904-219-2711

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Anonymous - 2009-05-13
Are any squirrels legal in ontario, Canada.

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  • asi mashi - 2010-03-25
    I had two squirrels, chucky and cracker, one died today. I didn't know why so I started reading about them and apparently my mother (doesn't like animals) has made us do things that we were not supposed to like not let them out of the cage and put them outside when it is chilly. Poor thing, the squirrel with him is so sad. I know what to feed them but are we supposed to let them out in the day, they are wild literally, and I need more tips to show my mom, if you do then you would be the life saver of the left squirrel.
  • Rose - 2010-08-11
    You should definitely let them out during the day. They are wild animals and need to get exercise. My squirrel is about a month and a half and he's so energetic. He loves playing w/ small stuffed pet toys, chewing on wood and his favorite food is watermelon. They usually only like running around and climbing in the morning and before dark. They don't like being out at night and love being warm. When my squirrel was a baby I made him a sock filled w/ uncooked beans or rice and it gives him company when I can't. All you do is stick it in the microwave until its a little warm and they love it.
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hope - 2010-02-06
I don't know where to list this but..I need help. Our outside cat got ahold of a flying squirrel. I live in Middleburg Florida. It seems to be fine on the outside she/he is moving around but kinda of balled up like she is trying to sleep. I think the cat just wore him out. I don't know. We tried all day to catch the thing on the porch but we couldn't get it. Now we have it in a box all soft an cozy. I don't know if it is young or not. I don't want it to die and I have no money for a vet. Help me help this critter please.

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  • Sarah - 2010-02-17
    Is the squirrel doing better and still on your porch? My cat brought in a Flying squirrel as well and we had to catch it on our porch too (it swam across the whole pool and jumped and FLOPPED a LOT) and now it's been my pet living in my bathroom for 3 months! I wonder if he wants a buddy!? If your squirrel isn't hurt (I thought my guy was hurt too) and you still have him, they don't need much maintenance for health up-keep and their diets are fairly simple and they actually adapt to their human owner pretty quick w/ patience!
  • tess - 2010-02-23
    I was wondering if your flying squirrel is still doing ok? I would like to find out how to get in touch with you if you still have him. I live in Jacksonville and have done wildlife rehabilitation for years and would be more than happy to meet up with you and take him rehabilitate him and release him when he is ready.
  • lila - 2010-03-02
    My animal is so cool, southern flying squirrel.
  • Chris - 2010-03-03
    Would come and get it at your convience. Have raised them in the past. I just lost Rocky last month he was 9yrs old. So I would be willing to come now.
  • Sarah - 2010-04-03
    Hello! I was just reading up on how I should set up my flying squirrels new cage (which is huge) but the SAME EXACT THING happened to me and now my Flying squirrel has been my buddy for about 4 months now! Fortunately my cat did not harm him and he WAS worn out after we tried to catch him on our porch (especially after taking a lap in the pool)... I let him take over our spare bathroom for a couple months and finally got around to ordering a cage off ebay and bought a set of the little pouches and nests and blankets etc. to go with it and TODAY is the first day of trying it out... "HOPE" you get this message and hope I can help!
  • christine - 2010-05-05
    Please consider keeping your cat in the house. I have rescued birds and squirrels from these domestic invasive animals that should be kept as house pets. They cause so much damage to the natural wildlife, it's very sad. I have new neighbors that just moved in and of course - with more cats! I have two cats myself, and yes, they live indoors where they are safe as well as the wild creatures in my yard.
    Hope the little squirrel survives. Try feeding it some rodent biscuits as well as fresh fruit such as apples, grapes and maybe some hard boiled egg.
  • somebody - 2010-07-03
    You should check the internet and see what size the average adult flying squirrel is.
  • Tom - 2010-07-29
    The problem is there could be internal bleeding you would have to go to the vet or.... well put it down I wish I could do more to help....
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Gina - 2010-04-15
I was taking my 10 year old daughter to the bus stop when we happened to see a man walking down the street with a very small squirrel following him. So we got out of the Jeep to check it out. Well this little guy decided to climb part way up my leg. I told my daughter to run to the house to get her dad. As soon as she started moving he followed her. I had to stop her from going into the house because the dog and the cat are in there. So I went and got my husband and the camera. We came out and the squirrel( his name is now peanut) was sitting in the rim of my tire and wouldn't come out. We happened to be eating toast on the run so I had my daughter offer him some crust. Well he took it and jumped into her hands and ate. When he was done he went back in the tire( preventing me from driving off)

More about Peanut. I asked my daughter to walk away from him to see if he followed and sure enough he not only followed, but climbed all over her, in her sweatshirt, in the hood, in the pocket and on her head, in her hair. I don't want to see him hurt so we bought a big bi-level cage and have put him in there. We have only had him since 4/14/10 and we are letting him stay as long as he wants to. We take him out 2 times a day so he can decide when he is ready to leave his new surrogate mommy. So far he follows her and stays with her, he even just walks back into the house on his own. I hope he will remember to come and visit us after he decides to stay outside.

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  • Isaac Clayton - 2010-05-04
    that is a great story! and its quite similar to Ivan's story (Our baby eastern grey) his family has a nest in the ceiling of our basement, and one day he was screaming because he had fallen out of the nest onto the basement floor. He was very small, and was barely walking on wobbly legs. My wife and I think his eyes had just opened about 3-5 days before his fall. Anyway when she heard his cries (which sounds a lot like a bird chirping) she knew what it was from. Having baby squirrels once before, that's the cry for MOMMY! She offered her hand to the baby. Rather then aggressively capturing him, she let him make the choice much like you and your little girl did. And just like peanut, Ivan was more then willing to climb into her sleeve. We found him around 4/7/2010. We started feeding him watered down milk from a syringe and eventually peanut butter from a spoon. Now he eats all kinds of solid foods, he LOVES cereal as a treat, raisin bran is his favorite. We play with him a lot, and we are also giving him the choice to live with us, or go free. Even though he's basically free in our house already, we don't cage him at all, we just built a little box and stuffed a fuzzy blanket inside for him to cuddle up with. If you or anyone else would like to see pictures of my little dude, you can look at my facebook album of him: http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=15671&id=100000239920585
    Good luck with peanut! I think squirrels make great pets as long as you have the time for them, and I'm sure it makes a difference how young they are when you take them into your care. In my opinion it sounds like your peanut was once taken care of by people, maybe found as a baby like my ivan and freed, that would explain his trust for people and why he was following that man. I think once they are cared for as babies by humans, they don't do so well on their own in the wild. But I don't know too much about that. Anyway good luck!
  • alyssa - 2010-05-08
    Hi gina, I was curious as to what you feed peanut? We happen to have just rescued a squirrel just like peanut but he is not eating the seeds we put in with him. His name is squeaky and he never leaves my side when I take him out but ya it's been a day and I'm sure he's hungry. If you could email me at lyssiespirit@yahoo.com that would be great if you could make the subject squirrel thanks.
  • Jan - 2010-05-28
    Nice perspective; it's obviously having a nice time now, and you are wise to have the plan to let it go to a natural life soon so it can truly acclimate. I love watching them at my condo back porch that has tall trees behind. I actually bought acorns from an online site to feed them as a treat since you don't find them particularly in Palo Alto, CA unless near oak trees. They also like to eat safflower seed that is sold at most pet stores and relatively cheap.
  • Gina - 2010-06-07
    Alyssa,we feed peanut fresh fruit(he loves grapes and blueberries)I got a bag of squirrel feed and dried corn cobs from walmart, also when he's outside he digs up the grass roots, eats ants and loves to chew of rocks(which help him keep his teeth from growing too much.The only thing squirrels shouldn't have is dairy,otherwise they can eat pretty much everything we can. He is very sweet and we love him very much,it will be sad when he leaves.he eats his food on my daughters face,he licks our hands and he thinks we are all his own personal moving trees, lol. He has had free reign of the house and my dog and cat are very good as is he with them, Weird.
  • Dominick - 2010-07-17
    If you are the Gina with the dog and cat beware of the cats saliva should it get into the squirrels blood stream it WILL kill it inside 24 hours unless gotten to a vet cats saliva is a poison to squirrels.
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