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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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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.
on september 20,2005 my little sister found something on my trampoline and was crying because she didnt no what it was. my mom told my top go check it out and i did. there was a little baby flying squarrel. its hair wasnt even fully grown out and its eyes werent even open. weve had it now a little over two weeks and we have been feeding it baby formula. its hair has grown out and its eyes opens last week.
My husband brought home two tiny baby flying squirrels a little over a year ago. What an experience! It was a boy/girl pair, the boy was slightly smaller and seemed almost runt-like compared to his sister. At first we knew only to keep the babies warm, so we did, with a heating pad set on low. Every two hours for a couple of months we (I) dedicated to the squirrels. Princess, the girl, crawled beneath the heating pad and died. We couldn't believe it. Schizzei, the boy, was such a strong willed little guy. He grew up to be the MOST loving, bonded pet you could ever imagine. We invented games, 'tickle-monkey' was his favorite. He would crawl down my arm and look me in the eye with those beady little doe-eyes, when I didn't notice he wanted to play the game he would make noises to get my attention. I would then lightly tickle him and he would go crazy!! He would run across my back to the other arm and back and sometimes on my head. What an adorable baby he was, and what a reward for all the love I poured into him. When the socks won the World Series my husband jumped up and sat back down on him, one of the most devistating moments ever, for me.
I LUV LUV LUV Flying squirrels!! Ever since my first trip back to my country i've always wanted another one. Im from Vietnam so the flying sqirrel was common in south east asia. My uncle gave me a baby Flying squirrel that was simular to the southern one here...but it ran away(sob). SO when i went back here i was delighted that Virgina had flying squirrels (yay!
My mother had a flying squirrel in college. His name was "Modie" because her brother found him in a commode in a bathroom at the lake. She loved him and he was a great little pet. She slept with him (oops) and rolled over on him in the night. In the morning when she went to look for him under the sheets, there he was flat as a pancake. She would talk about this experience with sadness all of my life growing up. Because of her stories about "Modie", I would love to have one for myself.
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Robin Chenault in Virginia
I have a male and female bought both from a pet store as adults, and they werent tame. After 3 yrs the male is a great little pet and so active at night. They are kept in a large bird cage, a parakeet breeder cage with branches and a parakeet nest. But since we keep them in a small extra room, we let them free at night. They both get run of the room at night. It has non-wood steel shelves and a steel table, a squirrel proof room.
The female is a bit skittish. Comes close but wont jump on me like the male and just relax and explore my pockets.
I imagine captive bred babies must get as tame as a dog. If you have the room for a large cage they are great. A tank is a horrible way to keep them, as some sites say, as they need to climb and both will glide from shelf to shelf.
They are great pets and I think in their case two might be better than one. A M/F get a long great (I have a feeling two of the same sex wouldnt) but mine have never had any young. Perhaps too old when we bought them but great pets.