Southern Flying Squirrels

Description   |   Housing   |   Other Issues   |   Feeding  

Description

The southern Flying Squirrel is the smallest of the ground squirrels. They have a flap of skin connects the back leg to the front wrest much like a sugar glider. These squirrels have very large eyes, which help to see in nocturnal vision. Body length is 5 or 6 inches. Flying squirrels are native to the United States.

Flying squirrels make wonderful pets. Once they get to know you, they will want to be with you all the time. They will learn the sound of your voice, when she hears it, it will come out of her nest box to greet you. Your flying squirrel will soon feel safest sleeping in your pockets or under your clothes.

When you purchase your new squirrel, she won't be quite weaned from her mother. She will need to be fed Esbilac three times a day and carried in a bonding pouch as much as possible.
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Housing

The bigger the better. Many people use birdcages. The mesh size should not exceed 1" x ½". You can include a nest box, braches and a salt spool, a calcium block, food and water dish.
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Other Issues

Flying Squirrels are social animals. If you give your squirrel a lot of attention, one will be just fine. If you would like to have a pair of squirrels, do not house them together immediately. Bond to each one individually and then house them together as they will bond to each other if put in the same home together before you bond to them first.
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Feeding

I feed them tropical parot mixture, peanuts, rodent blocks, plus apple and other fresh fruits, crickets and mealworms. It is necessary that they have a calcium supplement of some form.

Feed: I use the following mixture free-feed: 30% sunflower seeds or parrot mix (no small seeds as they simply waste them,) 20% each trail mix (dried fruits and nuts), shredded coconut, and dry cat food also 10% peanuts. I give them (per pair) a few pieces of rodent block, 1/8 orange and 1/8 apple 2 to 3 times a week. I give them 2 tsp of Nekton Lori 2 to 3 times a week. Add dicalcium phosphate to all diets. Offer a handful of alfalfa hay every few days. They need about 23% protein, 6% fat and 4% fiber. Each squirrel will eat about 5-10 grams of rodent pellets a day.
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