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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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. 
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 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 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.
Angie Fowler - 2010-12-03
I have recently found a flying squirrel. Age unknown, it was found under a garbage can lid by a friend. I have some knowledge of flyers, by working at Niceville Animal Clinic in Niceville, FL. for 10 years. I would like to know how to sex the flyer so that I may get another for its company. I would also like to talk to anyone in this area that might have a flying squirrel. Yes I do know about the love and care I am in store for in raising this beauty. Any suggestions for the flight cage and nesting box?

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  • April - 2011-06-22
    I have 3 that are as healthy as they can be. Just thought I'd send you the web address that I used to take care of mine. I love this site.
  • Derek Bass - 2011-10-19
    I would like one or two pls contact me let's see what kind of arrange some kind of meeting. You can call me (386) 590 9174. Would like to hear back from you thanks

Anthony - 2011-01-17
I live in New York and want to have a flying squirrel as a pet. Can anyone help me out? My email is

derek bass - 2010-12-02
I'm looking for flying squirrels to raise please contact me (386)590 9174 thank you.

Angie - 2010-05-20

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

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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.
  • jo timmons - 2010-10-27
    My name is jo and I have a young male. Interested in a female. I have raised squirrels all my life. I love 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?
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 Thank you.

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.