Animal Stories - Southern Flying Squirrel

Animal-World Information about: Southern Flying Squirrel

   These intriguing little squirrels have a large fold of furred skin stretching from their forefeet to their hind feet which they spread out like a parachute and glide from tree branch to tree branch, thus their name "flying squirrel"!
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Linda - 2013-03-16
Sorry changing the subject....i have a flyer his name is Parker. Have had him since Dec 2012, was about 5 wks old eyes still shut. Came to my lake camp had him in his cage, went outside for just abit he was in my shirt, usually he stays right with me but he jumoed off and was gone! It was around 8:30 at night, i sat outside in my lawn chair, i could hear him squeek so i would call his name. Around 1:00am yes still sitting outside with aheavy heart, i was looking in the trees, I saw him glide throughthe trees...Just Beautiful!!!!! So i said alittle prayer if this is where he is suppose to be at least he is happy. Still outside 3:00am saw him again gliding from tree to tree. Finally at 4:30 I dozed off in my chair, then I heard him behind me in one of the pine trees..I walked over extended my arm said I was sleepy lets go to bed..........he came down from the tree about 20 ft jumped on my hand an ran down my shirt snuggled next to my side went to sleep!!!! I was so amazed!!!!! Just wanted to share my adventure with Parker the flying squirrel!

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  • joanne - 2014-11-12
    That is a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing. It is so full of love, relationship and hope.
Victoria - 2013-04-14
Hello, I found a baby flying squirrel at my fiance's parent's house yesterday. My fiance's mother informed me that the dog and cats had messed with it and he even got bitten on the leg. My fiance's dad also accidentally sucked him into the vacuum cleaner. The poor little guy was really scared and so he bit me which is understandable. I got a little fish aquarium to keep him in for the time being and I purchased food for a hamster which has nuts, corn, and dried fruits in it. I am not really sure what he needs to drink. He is about six weeks old. I have a very big cage that my old monkey lived in for him to live in. I don't want him to die. He has been through a lot already so I want to make sure that I am doing things correctly. Any tips??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-14
    I would be concerned about broken bones or internal injuries, but it sounds like he may be okay as you didn't say if he's having any trouble getting around or acting funny. The comments from re-habbers and other folks above have some great info on what they drink and other baby foods! Good luck
  • wook - 2013-06-02
    go to and go to the forum and ask for tips.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-25
    My sister and I raised 10 squirrels. We went to the vet and they gave us a bunch of of free syringes with little nipple attachments. We tried the small bottles from WalMart and (trust me on this one) did not work. We used WalMart kitten formula. Heat it luke warm. For the first times you have to carefully hold their tiny heads. Make SURE your thumb is barely pushing because they can kinda suck it out on there own. The nipple will look very long and hard but trust me it's fine this. Has worked on my 10 babies and on all of my cousin's squirrels. Once or twice and I promise they got the hang of it. 😉
Sandra Stephenson - 2012-05-20
I have a flying squirrel i think she is a little over a year old my daughter brought her home when she was just maybe 2 weeks old and she is doing great but i am concerned about her front teethe growing to long . Can they be trimmed or what do i do ? Also how long do they live in captivity ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    In the wild it is said to be about 6 years and I would think it would be at least that in captivity. For the teeth - you can get a hard chew toy--- lava rock bird toy, dog bone, soup bone (boil it) usually knuckle bones at grocery store. Something hard for it to chew on and it will wear her teeth down. Vet can also probably sand them down but i don't think she will like it.
  • Rick - 2012-09-01
    My wife not only make sure our squirrel has shelled nuts to gnaw on like hazel nuts, brazil nuts, almonds and pecans, we also purchased flavored wood chews in the hamster section at the pet store. She seems to enjoy them and her teeth are doing well.
  • Kisha - 2012-12-04
    I have heard a calcium block is used for ones kept in captivity, as pets to wear down the teeth.
  • bryan - 2014-06-25
    I've done so much reading on these flying squirrels yet I can't find out how they are with children, new borns etc. Can you help me out?
  • Linda Jo Decker - 2014-09-25
    Me and my sister have raised 5 flying squirrels. We have one now. She is 5 which is longer than usual. We keep small sticks in there for her she enjoys chewing them. It gives her Something to do. They also need calcium so it is good to keep pieces of deer antler or sterilized bones. I hope I was helpful!! 😉
michelle705 - 2014-09-24
Help please!! I got two adult flying squirrels a couple months ago. A male and a female and I have had a really hard time bonding with them because the male is agressive! I'm wondering if I could let them out the cage for a little while to let them bond with me more, but I'm afraid I won't be able to catch them my question is if I let them out will they eventually return to their cage!

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  • Linda Jo Decker - 2014-09-25
    Me and my sister have raised 10 eastern grey squirrels and 5 flying squirrels.and my favorite ones where the flying squirrels. They are so cute and tiny!! The one we have now is 3 and we let her out every night. She runs around the room and climbs to the top of the door and glides to the bed. She usually is out about 30 mins. And runs back in her cage and sits there waiting to be fed. If I Were you I would go into a smaller room for the first few times. And I would let only one out at first. After they are used to their surroundings they can be together. Before,when we had 2 they were a lot more active. If you want to bond with the male I suggest you take them apart for how ever long you want. The male wouldn't be near as aggressive if there wasn't a female around. Mine of corse where raised as a baby.So... But what ever you do PLEASE enjoy your flying squirrels!! 😉
Butch Robinson - 2014-09-19
we live in western WASH.state. our flying squirrel got out 4/5 yrs ago. We wondered what happened to it. A yr or so later our cat killed a squirrel that looked like a southern flying squirrel but larger. This morning another was brought in . This leads me to believe they are reproducing with local red oer gray squirrels.

Cassie, MA - 2005-11-27
I just recently got my squirrel. I automatically fell in love with him. His name is Rocky and my grandmother found him in her wood stove. She couldn't keep him so she gave him to my uncle, who, unfortunately, couldn't keep him either. So, he asked me if I wanted him. Of course, as an animal lover, I said I'd ask my mom. Mymom fell in love with him, too, and said we could keep him. I was a little afraid of him at first, because he was wild, well, we thought he was wild. But my uncle tried to let him go, but the next day, my grandmother found him in her cupboards, so to my house he went. Just the other day, I was going to clean his cage, and I went totake him to put him in his excercise ball, when my mom stopped me and took the cage intothe bahtroom. I followed her, and watched her carefully. She slowly opened his cage and reached in. Rocky got scared and started to dart about the cage, but my mom just slowly followed him with her hand. She finally got him and he got away.He ran around the bathroom, andI couldn't help but laugh. She finally caught him, and she held him close to her chest. She then said, "Open your pocket." I obeyed and she carefully put him in. He stayed and caught his breath. I reached in, and patted him. He still stayed right where he was.Without even thinking, I wrapped my hand around him, and pulled him out. He didn't squirm, he just looked ta me. It may not seem like much to those of you that hold your squirrels all the time, but it was something big to us. It was a big step in taming our new wild friend.

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  • Sergei - 2013-10-04
    We have a flying squirrel too, his name is rocky also and he is very tamed and energetic. He ran around his room 200+ times without taking a break. He is very attached to us and sometimes will not let us leave his room.We have to sneak out when he isn't looking or asleep. He built a hut out of stuffed animals and sleeps in his little cubby. As I type this he is sleeping next to me. He likes to fly acroos the room onto your shoulder then tries to play with you.
Anonymous - 2013-04-20
Need help!! My 9 week old flyer is in the house and I can't Find him.:( how do I catch him when I can't find him?

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  • Milla - 2013-05-04
    You should put something out what he likes because I think he can easily sniff it out. Squirrels are good at smeling things out. Just try(; From milla to Anonymous
Roxanne - 2010-06-24
My husband works for the phone company and was called to repair some phone lines. Upon opening the box a mother flying squirrel ran out leaving the baby behind. Apparently the mother had chewed through the phone lines
She never returned so my husband and I took her to our local vet found out she was a little girl and got instructions on how to care for her. She is now about 11 months old and will be a year in August. She has been acting very aggressive to me lately. Biting my feet and jumping on face. She never acts this way towards my husband. I love my sweet Rocky so much and am very confused about her behavior. Tonight she bit me hard enough to draw blood. She attacks me when I am watching tv or eating dinner. Is it possible that she looks at me as another squirrel and wants to be the dominant squirrel? After she bites me she also humps my leg. She is in her cage during the day but the cage is two story and very large. We let her out for about four hours a night and even longer on weekends. We keep her on a diet of mixed fresh fruits, fresh veggies and some nuts. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Diana Walls - 2010-09-19
    Although baby wild animals are cute and the urge to keep them as pets are overwhelming, their needs are only met out in the wild where they are meant to be. By the time they grow up and become nasty and unpredictable, it is too late and the owner finds himself regretting that he took a wild animal and kept it captive. Now you have an owner who doesn't know what to do with this animal and an animal who doesn't want to be a pet. This is exactly why people who aren't wildlife rehabilitators should leave the wild animal care to the professionals. There is no circumstances that condone keeping a wild animal except for educational purposes. Even if you find a wild animal who is unreleasable because of a permanent non life threatening injury, the animal doesn't want to live a life of incarceration. That is better left to criminals who deserve it. Not to mention that it is against the law. All wild animals, no matter how tame they may seem, will become nasty, hard to control and very unpredictable as it gets older. Now what? Is what you did fair to the animal? Think about the long term responsibility of your actions. Be fair to all creatures. Diana
  • Sarah - 2012-10-10
    Diana you are completely out of line. That women took in a helpless animal that most would have left for dead. She took the flyer to a vet in efforts to become educated in caring for her properly. I think it was very good of you to welcome the flyer into your home. The flyer may be acting this way towards you because you are both female. She may be jealous of the relationship you and your husband have. I'm no expert but that is just my opinion. One thing you should change is the flyer's diet. One of the most important thing in their diet is calcium. Flyers are prone to calcium deficiencies that cause bone to become brittle and weak. Her main diet should be pellets that have a lot of calcium in them. You can give them nut, fruit an vegetables as treats but that alone is not going to keep your flyer heathy.
Debbie Tsikuris - 2009-10-15
We found an approx. 5 week old flying squirrel 10/9/09, and after reading up on them did our best to care for him. The local wild life authority said we could keep him. He was doing great(on low fat milk), but after I started him on formula from a local pet store he died. We are broken hearted. We had bonded with him so quickly I feel awful that maybe I did something wrong. When he was on the milk he was looking much better than when we had first found him. Don't know what I did wrong, but know I saved him from all of the hawks, owls, etc. we have around. Would love another one, reading more about them all of the time. Thank you for your wonderful web page.

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  • Wild Life Rehabber - 2010-10-29
    Debbie, I am a wild life rehabber and we NEVER feed any wild animals cows milk because it is too hard for them to digest (MANY fawn we have taken in have died because the person who found them had them on cows milk) try organic goats milk if you have to use grocery store items until you can get to a pet store. We feed the flying squirrels we rescue puppy milk, either Fox Valley or Esbilac. They need fat in their diet, temperature of the milk is important and if you are syringe feeding them let them have up to 3cc. Put nuts and Cheerios in the cage so they can start "shredding" they do this before they start eating solids. I would say good luck if you get another one but I would also suggest that you try to find it a partner and release them in your back yard. They are wild life and LOVE to jump and play in ways they cannot in a cage of any size. Just my opinion of course.
  • J Blue - 2011-03-04
    Until they open their eyes (around 5-6 weeks), as well as the immediate weeks following the babies should be fed a combination of SCALDED WHOLE MILK (they need the fat) mixed with plain yogurt which stabilizes their intestinal tracks as well as their bowels. I found that a 1cc syringe pushed very slowly to work the best. After they open their eyes and it becomes obvious that their teeth are beginning to grow you may offer them mashed banana and natural applesauce. Even as you cut back or delete the syringe feedings you should continue to offer the milk mixture for at least 6 more weeks as they need the calcium and vitamin D. At this point you may began mixing the banana, applesauce or even peanut butter to the milk/yogurt mixture. You may also begin offering different nuts and vegetables as you notice the teeth developing more. Everyone I have consulted with agrees that the commercial "mothers substitute milk" usually esibilac or kitten milk is consistently ineffective for sustaining the baby flying squirrels. My heart goes out to you in your loss; hopefully God will place another unfortunate nocturnal angel into you care and you will have the opportunity to rehabilitate and release them. It is unkind to keep them in captivity unless special situations apply, such injury or illness that causes a handicap that would impede and prevent them from adapting and surviving on their own.
  • Brenda - 2011-05-23
    I also am a rehabber. Our education says that Esbilac must be simmered with ground nuts (walnuts/pecans...) then strained to remove the nuts. They need the oil from the nuts. Never use cows milk and it should be the puppy Esbilac.
Shelley - 2011-01-08
Does anyone know where I might get a couple of flying squirrels in Eastern NC? I would love a pair that maybe the wildlife refuge have found that they can't release back into the wild and need a permanent home. Thanks!

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  • Ali - 2011-01-22
    Hi! Have you tried you can find just about anything on that site and enter the state when you get on to get better help.
    Best of Blessings on your journey.
  • j - 2012-04-21
    Technically, keeping a Flyer as a pet in NC is illegal, so you might have to look out of state. (I found this out when mine showed up before her eyes were open and I could not get in touch with anyone to rehab for release. Now she's part of my odd little family. I figure the squirrel won't be knocking on doors anyway. lol)