He’s still very young so I’m wondering if he will figure out that he shouldn’t bite me as he matures. aljuhara It is less then 5%  so I will take my chances with the triplets do my best" This is not true! The other is thriving to this moment. Just like any other creature, you have to study thier habits. I know alot of times people make things seem alot worse to try and keep others from doing something. Now that your squirrel has started this behavior, it is unlikely to stop. Matthew Smith From a few days old,"pinkies",( still not sure of the name, skin color or size?) May 1, 2016 She doesn't bite, other than play biting that never breaks skin. When animals are learning to eat solid foods it is difficult to tell if their nutritional needs are being met and weighing is a good guide. The male only made it a few days, he was starved and congested. The next day her brother came out, and I did the same; found another dead that day too. Luckily she has forgiven me for the full dousing. How I see it, when you raise a squirrel since it was a baby it should be able to respect you just like a kitten would. He brought in another later that night who died, but I saved the boy. I congratulate you on your tremendous bond with them, and for saving them. This was a very difficult task, I'm a mother, and this was harder than an infant, alot of touch and go moments. I'd stand about 4 feet from a Tree, and Extend my Arm, and he'd Run down my Arm, jump to the Tree, and go Play in the Branches. I have a pet squirrel that I have had for almost a year. His nails are sharp, but over time and a few scratches, he has become more gentle with how he walks on you and doesn't run, when he runs is when it hurts. Do you think I will be fined if I call a rehabilitator after 4 years. I found a baby squirrel in a park and took it home. Hi Nutz's momma, How wonderful of you to rehab so many squirrels and release them! I had a pet squirrel fir many years. Dr. Ned Gentz Has she ever bitten me, yes, but then I yell at people sometimes too! He is now about 7 months, great little guy, very playful with soft biting much like a trained dog. Even though they live in the cage and sometimes on the pan with olive oil. They always come home though when they're needing comfort(they actually come down my chimney which I leave cracked open inside the house).When they get old enuf and start to socialize with other squirrels they only come visit once or twice per week, mainly to get easy food from my hands. Ever since I got him he has always been attached to only me while my boyfriend always gets attacked by him. Does anyone have any other ideas to help with this situation? As far as pets go, most of us will opt for fluffy puppies and kitties; oddly enough though, Florida animal laws allow you to have some pretty exotic animals as your cuddly companions. It was late September in Ohio. In many states it's illegal to keep them as pets, some states require licenses, and in other states people are required to have wildlife rehabilitator training. I think they make great pets. Terri found Quinn near the end of a canoe race when she was portaging (carrying the canoe over land) and found the cold, dehydrated, and abandoned baby. My squirrels are smart, funny, loving, cuddly, adorable and very HAPPY in their DOMESTIC home! No supplements necessary unless you’re dealing with kits. I highly disagree with this article. Feeding her every 2 hours, stimulating her to go to the bathroom like her mother would and just giving her what she needed in order to survive. I rescued a Baby Squirrel a few years ago. Learned very quickly, mamma ain't sharing! January 28, 2019 He has grown over the past year and a half to be the smartest pet I've ever had. Like the article says, wild animals do not make good pets!!!! Most diseases that reptiles get are related to poor husbandry, so do your research and have a proper environment and you will have a happy, fun pet with a gecko! He has a 4ftx6ft cage that is left open in his own room. I ended up taking her to a wildlife conservatory and they said she must of been someone's pet because she was the most people oriented squirrel they have ever seen. Do I try to find her a new home or can this be trained out of her? Do gandle it a lot. yard, busily tucking fallen leaves between his throat and chest. February 5, 2018. Base diets should consist of: rodent biscuits and puppy chow for squirrels. Lori, adopt a mom for Fred and Ginger May 23, 2020 Even though he still insists on his face being cleaned thoroughly after meals. NO peanuts, treats or human food EVER! To, I'm pretty sure my all male household has hastened Fred's introduction to testosterone. We found him in a nest that was cut through during brush and limb removal. He sold drugs, kept late hours, and listened to electronic music at high volumes. But as stated before, contact between the animals should be somewhere between never and absolutely never. Playtime in the house must be supervised at all times. True. We were very fortunate to have the University of Florida Zoomed team on hand to attend to their health issues, there were a fair amount to consider and it was not inexpensive. I have 2 young kids and don't want an animal that I'm going to leave confined to a cage. as she got used to it we brought her in the house. Gray squirrels prefer tree cavities for winter "Because the squirrel didn't like people and was habituated, the squirrel attacked me by jumping through the trees, running down and attacking me very deliberately," Marcia said. Both were more than once and enough to bleed. She may be experienced with other animals but, clearly not with squirrels. Diet may change a bit depending on what type of squirrel he is, so I think the best way to find out about an appropriate diet and housing (ferret cages work better because of the height) is to contact a local wildlife rehabilitator and ask what is best. The squirrel will bite her as many times as he can before being pried off her by my brother. Ginger and I are baffled. I hope the birds, snakes, dogs, and cats don't kill it. One day going out the door to get the newspaper I saw a black squirrel on the walkway, hadn't seen any black ones in my area in central NJ so I chittered at it and it chittered back to me. Squirrels do not have nails, they have claws. I got her in June it's now the end of October and she's become really aggressive. They are not traded in the conventional pet market and it may not be legal in your municipality. One survived to become to most loved pet we had. She was social when she wanted to be, and loved to be cuddled when she wanted to be. They want you to play with them, they are not loners and they are very social. She loves us. Very good article. Make it fairly thick. Tall The only aggressive cat I have is my indoor outdoor cat, who will hunt outside. We never had caged any of them, because they were free to roam around the house, but they always were playing outside in the wild as well. Vocal and animated, gray squirrels play and chase each other, often and to you as well. I happened to be eating a pecan sandy cookie at the time so I split the cookie with "shadow". She slipped the lice-covered rodent into her life vest. Or, perhaps you think an exotic animal like a monkey would make a good companion. I should know; many have been released in my yard. Domestic rodents such as guinea pigs, on the other hand, might be susceptible to some diseases and parasites. May 7, 2015 It hadnt even opened its eyes so i figured i would raise it until it will be able to feed on its own. However, comparison with the healthy baby squirrels in the bottom right shows that these squirrels are actually starving. Hi MlB, I'm glad to hear things are going well with your black squirrel (they are so lovely). NOPE! Now that your squirrel has started this behavior, it is unlikely to stop. I rehabed two boys and a girl once from two weeks old. 8. Mike Finkelstein, director of maintenance at Nest DC, handles Quilliam, an African pygmy hedgehog, on Sept. 26, 2017. It helped we gave him full range of the apartment and lived on the ground floor so we could let him out to do his squirrel thing. I could pick him out of a Crowd! I find this article to be just infuriating! More information is available here: http://www.mary.cc/squirrels/unreleasable.htm I suggest you contact your veterinary clinic and make an appointment for him, if they accept squirrels as patients (if not, ask them who does). They do belong in the wild. Phyllis DeGioia What you don’t know about caring for a wild species could do far more harm than good to an animal. Chimneys should be capped. Since I became disabled from a worker's comp injury I am home all the time. I respect the opinion in this article however biased it may be. She comes out to play and we'll take her outside to play also. He'd Strip the Outside, and Toss the Core. He is an absolute Blessing to our lives. A I kept his huge cage extremely clean. For example, a small piece of apple per day is fine but a squirrel may choose apples to the exclusion of everything else if given the chance. Someone wondered if the aggression has to do with their going into heat twice yearly. We had to keep them in a dresser cabinet at nite bc we have a cat. In my many years of rehabilitating hundreds upon hundreds of squirrels I have learned one thing:  they rather be dead than spend their lives in a cage. [Editor's Note: This post has been edited to remove mention of a commercial website in accordance with VetzInsight comment policy.] Nutz's Momma YES, we had a german shepard dog who understood that this was my pet, and the two looked at each other without bother. Still haven't been able to ask the question,  "what have they done since the dawn of time"? My name is Ken and would like to tell you about the best pet I've ever had, my squirrel Peanut. I built a addition to my house to give her her own room when she wants to climb and play with the cats. or four strands at 4" intervals on metal, not wooden, stakes. Just click, This document is contained within the following "Collections", July 9, 2012 (published) | November 7, 2016 (revised), Photo courtesy of Coast & Canyon Wildlife Rehabilitation, VINcyclopedia of Diseases (Formerly Associate), Books & VINcyclopedia of Diseases (Formerly Associate), Phyllis DeGioia, editor Veterinary Partner and VetzInsight, The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory, http://www.squirrel-rehab.org/connections/index.html, http://www.mary.cc/squirrels/unreleasable.htm. In what universe would they EVER think that a wild animal would be a good idea? He is a male and is the so loving. This is funny because my experience with my pet eastern grey was pretty much the opposite! Thank you. I "have" a squirrel lives in the woods and comes "home" only to eat and climb around on me for 30 min to an hour. He was extremely gentle with us, and never hurt anyone. Opossums are in my blood. I think it’s always worth it to help any critter in need. This is a bunch of malarkey. NO peanuts, treats or human food EVER! We have a white squirrel in our back yard who is slower than his siblings and has fallen out of the trees due to their fighting him. Just in the last week, it has started jumping onto my my sofa to take the nuts. He actually bred with one of our Guinne pigs, and they had 3 pups. Ray, You are correct, they are indeed claws rather than nails. We are with her all the time almost thru out the day so that helps with the sweet personality. I’ve been taking care of eight week old gray squirrel, and I would recommend using work gloves if you are worried about hands getting bit. Squirrels are junk food addicts. My husband found 2 abandoned INFANTS umbilical cord still attached, back in March. When I visited them in January this year, it did the same to me, biting and drawing blood. If not they will die of toxic shock. Always feed a rehydrating formula followed by a diluted milk replacer formula for at least two to three feedings before offering a milk replacer formula. Phyllis DeGioia  Weigh each animal every 2-3 days to make sure that they are getting enough to eat. built a large chicken wire cage with a 5 ft tree log, food and water bowl. Marty is his name, and he was barely hanging onto life, we rehydrated him and followed some simple instructions on how to rehabilitate for a full recovery. I hope she comes back around. So if you keep male squirrels just keep in mind that like most wild creatures they can become very dangerous during their heat cycles. It played with my hand and bit softly almost immediately. I had walked to my garden and around the outside of the home with her many times, but this one time, she wandered, this time stopping and looking back at me before running off @ app 8wks. The increasingly popular pet is now legal in Fairfax County homes. And those who cannot ever be released, sometimes we must make a tough decision. I've had alot of different critters. But she is safe with me and lives the life of luxury! Came home for random visits occasionally, if only to tell me about the wife, and kids. At these Losing them broke our hearts beyond belief. I've read the ingredients. Alabama. I rehabed two boys and a girl once from two weeks old. We did persuade it to live in the wild as he grew up, although he came for nuts and sat with/on us outside for several years. To the females bad luck. Do make sure you feed it well. Cats are way safer and dogs are way tamer!! They will mark their cage with urine though. He too will know he can always come to you for food and attention, and I don't think you'll lose sight of him. My son came home with a small squirrel one day and said one of his friends ran over it with his bike. Buts that's me. The only thing is I live in South Africa so am not sure how close the characters are compared to the squirrels in America. I'm not sure a rehabilitator would take him, now, though, as he has nothing from which to recuperate - he is not sick or injured. Two family members of mine found a squirrel beside a sidewalk with flies on it and thought it dead. Hand-FeedingWhile feeding the young animals, wrap them in a warm towel and hold them on their stomachs with their heads up (never on their backs or upright). PRovide them with enough stuff to chew on and that isn't a problem either. July 26, 2012 3.4.5. Perhaps some day another squirrel that cannot be send back to the wild will land in your lap. Inexperienced people trying to raise squirrels will feed them what they believe is healthy food, assuming that because the animals are eating they are doing fine. Later we built him a box nest on a tree by the deck. Phyllis DeGioia  They are fun to watch playing in the yard. Squirrels also carry ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, bed bugs, lice) that are easily transferred to other surfaces, pets, and humans. So we were Pretty Much always in Close Proximity. Unfortunately, as wildlife specialist Dr. Gentz said to another commenter, "Now that your squirrel has started this behavior, it is unlikely to stop." Most of this article is true, but I have to say that the lack of bite inhibition is false. Ginger Vitus They file themselves on the back of their upper teeth so, no need for chew blocks. The female bears three or four young, which are dependent on her He was AWESOME. They are in cages when we are not home or when we have company. They love it and it helps them from chewing on other things you'd rather them not chew. She took him home and bottle fed him. Offer this dish of formula throughout the day and remove after the last hand feeding. So I'm too far in for the "don't do it" speech. He would tire himself out and stretch out on my leg like a cat. I believe this article greatly misrepresents pet squirrels. Named Cluster, he was a hoot! I am impressed with the courage, boldness, and brashness of this tiny creature. Whoever wrote this article didnt raise these squirrels from babies, or simply didnt raise them correctly. We have rehabbed 6 of these babies and let them all go with all of them doing well in the wide. Went to Wal-Mart together. It's VERY easy to go outside and find food, maybe five minutes of your time (in Ohio). TAM Or would have lived a relatively short life if somehow introduced to the wild. Should always have access to rat food pellets and water of course. Annie Have you spoken to the veterinarian who neutered him about the change? Would he allow a large aggressive dog to keep biting you repeatedly? Taking in an injured or orphaned squirrel is one thing. It went with me to most places, including school, in my pocket. It was easily treated immediately. I agree that wild animals deserve to be wild and free. Let alone if it was lice ridden and had diabetes, etc. However, they need to learn to crack nuts themselves before they can be released, so don't open nuts for them after 8 weeks of age. September 26, 2015 She has never bitten us, only nibbled slightly. September 28, 2015 So I left him to it. I have three squirrels as I write this & have had the before they could open their eyes. It is too small to inflict damage with its teeth and claws. 1. Since about 5 months he is only friendly to me. The squirrels started coming up near me. This being said I encountered the most loving tame squirrel I have ever had the pleasure to come into contact with. July 17, 2012 That IS what they are capable of. The following day, same thing but it was weak and hungry. My son came home with a small squirrel one day and said one of his friends ran over it with his bike. 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