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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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?
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.
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 - 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
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!

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)
victoria - 2009-11-02
Hi all you Flyer Lovers! I'm a wildlife rehabber on the east coast and have been for 13 years. It was interesting reading your comments on this website. As a matter of opinion I'd like to say that while I am an advocate of releasing back to the wild any animals that we can help, I also advocate captivity in certain circumstances. My only trouble after all these years, is the failure of some folks to get educated on keeping wild animals and their lack of commentment to keeping that animal for the duration of its life. Even though most wild animals can be somewhat humanized, they will still stay wild to a certain degree. It takes many centuries to fully tame a species. However I have found that my little flyers do so well in captivity that its plain to see why they make good pets. So I know what its like to want to keep them and also know how to set them free. As long as a person is willing to provide everything these animals need, then I feel they are much better to have as pets in the U.S.A. than some exotic species from other countries that doesn't have any business being here. They make great pets and all animals were wild at some point as one of you have said.

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  • joann - 2010-02-20
    I totally agree, with you Victoria, I personally think if the animal can be released and survive, that it should be...after all the wild is what they know, and I feel they should be free...I watch them in my back yard every night and enjoy them very much...just watching them be free...

  • liesa - 2010-03-25
    How do you apply to be a wildlife rehibilator, I live in the country and have room. I would love to do something like this?
  • Christi Maude - 2010-10-29
    We found a flying squirrel in woods 10 days ago and have kept him in a large cage and fed him properly, played with him morning and evening. He is very sweet. However, I feel very guilty and feel maybe we have done him a disservice. How can I release him properly? Do I just release him right where we found him or what? We live in Md. and I found out it is illegal to keep him here.
  • Ashley - 2010-11-01
    Is keeping one legal in Onslow county North Carolina?
  • Shelley - 2011-01-08
    Hi Victoria! I am also in Eastern NC and would love to know if you guys ever get flying squirrels in that can't be released to the wild? I would love to offer some a home if needed. I am an avid animal lover and have hand-raised several parrots and would love to offer help to these special little guys/gals. :) Please, contact me if this is a possibility.
  • April - 2011-06-22
    Since you say you are a rehabber, I was wondering if you'd be interested in having a baby flying squirrel. He's around 4 months old. I believe I have 2 females and one male. One of the females is 8 inches and the other is the 4 month old sibling of the male. I really need to get rid of the male or I'm going to have more squirrels than I can handle. I just can't bring myself to release them. They are the best little things. I am in Tennessee. Please let me know....or if you have any suggestions. Thanks.
c. Dupre - 2012-05-06
I have had a flying squirrel living in our bedroom for six months. Every night he hangs on the smoke detector and goes into the ceiling fan. We have had glue traps, snap traps, regular traps out and cannot catch it. What else can we do, We had several more, but they are gone. Just one left. I cannot seem to get it. Any suggestions? Do not like sharing the bedroom with it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-06
    Purchase a bird net at the pet store - a large one. When the squireel is just hanging out throw a balled up newspaper close to it. The squireel will move and you should be able to catch it easily with a bird net. Try practicing with a tennis ball or the balled up newspaper first.
  • C Dupre - 2012-06-03
    What exactly do you do with the net?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-03
    You have seen a fisherman pull in a fish and scoop it up into a net. Correct? There are very large nets for catching birds (even butterflies). So the squirrel is on the bookcase - just someplace. You can try and place the net over the squirrel and then just twist the handle and the squirrel is in the net so take it outside and let it loose. Put some sunflower seeds on the dresser and when it goes to eat, place the net over the squireel and turn the handle and take it outside. I guess you are not having fun. You can also call Animal Control and probably they will come out and assist. They have nets etc and probably have done this many times. They are usually pretty good about coming out and helping in a situation like this.
  • C Dupre - 2012-06-03
    This critter is so fast, he is a blur when he is flying, we have him trapped in the bedroom, but cannot lure him out during the day, I woke up a couple of days ago and he was on the floor two feet away, but the minute you make a movement he is gone in a flash, and you cannot even see where he goes. We bought the net and will give it a whirl. Thank you, I have had two pest control guys and the wildlife assoc. in, they just set traps, which we have already done, he will not be lured by the bait in the traps. He seems to be getting braver because he is trapped in the bedroom. Wish me luck....
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-03
    Traps don't work for them - they are too smart and yes, they are fast. You can always make friends with it. Feed it in the same place - some place that you can easily reach with the net. The squireel has to be hungry (and thirsty) and will hopefully learn to go to eat in a safe place. Let him eat in peace a few times so he is a little more relaxed and used to being still while eating. You'll have a better chance of netting the fella. If you leave the food out - you need him used to the food being out - Wait until you are comfortable and sure you can net him.
  • cherdupre - 2012-06-25
    Well, we are seven months into our two flying squirrels hanging onto the smoke detector. They will not eat any food, I have had an exterminator sleeping at our house while we were on vacation, they did not see them, I guess they did not come out for them, new people? The conditions have to be right, I guess, I have run out of options. Do not know what to do. My exterminator and her father said that these squirrels are not native to SC, that someone must have had them as pets. Does that mean they are comfortable enough with people, one is solid grey and the other has a striped face, could they be these pocket pets that people have been telling me about. I am desperate......
  • Merc - 2012-07-03
    Sounds more like a bat. First, remove the smoke detector, then plug the hole in the ceiling fan with aluminum foil crumpled up. Then, clean your room. You obviously have too many hiding places in there if you can't find a rodent in your bedroom. What has he been eating for 7 months, he must have another way out? Find it, plug it with foil and either trap him outside or inside with no place to hide. Then hit him with a tennis racquet and send the bat to the county to test for rabies. They can bite you while you sleep and you won't even feel it.
  • cherdupre - 2012-07-11
    These are definitely not bats, they are flying squirrels, look like squirrels but have those webbed legs and a long bushy tail. They will not go near the traps, bait, etc,they are very fast, taking pics of them just show up a blur, these critters are nocturnal and very smart, I have had exterminators stay at my house at night, they cannot see them, if there is movement or light, they do not come out. When I awake at night, that is when I see them, on the smoke detector, and now there is a new baby, we have searched and searched. I have removed everything from the bedroom, blocked heating and ac vents, etc, do not know what else to do, they will not touch any food I leave out.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-12
    Somehow, these fellas have to be going in and out of the home.  They can't have healthy babies and not be eating.  There has to be a food and water source.  You are going to have to figure out how they are getting in and out and block the entrance.