How to Take Care of Flying Squirrel Babies
If you want to learn how to take care of flying squirrel babies, read on. Baby flying squirrels need constant socialization and a small cage to live in. You should be able to feed them a nutritious formula like Zoologic milk 33/40. Remember that other formulas can shut their digestive systems down and cause death. You must feed the baby squirrels on their stomach, holding a one-cc syringe horizontally and carefully directing the food into its mouth. Don’t let them drink water as this could lead to pneumonia.
Baby flying squirrels live on mother’s milk
Babies that live on mother’s milk are called “flying squirrels.” They have nipple-like appendages on their faces and suck on them to nourish themselves. A warm, wet cloth is a good first step. Rub the baby’s lower abdomen with it to stimulate the bowel and voiding reflex. If it takes a while for the squirrel to empty its bladder, it may be dehydrated.
They are omnivores
The truth is that flying squirrels are omnivores, just like all other species. They eat mostly plant matter, but will sometimes take advantage of vulnerable animals. Some experts even say that squirrels have the capacity to eat bird eggs, which is a sign of their predatory nature. If you’re wondering whether flying squirrels are omnivores, think again. Read on to learn more.
They need constant socialization
When it comes to rehabilitating wildlife, you’ll find that a flying squirrel is no different than any other animal. These animals need constant socialization, as well as daily exercise and care. If you find that a flying squirrel has a medical problem, you should visit a veterinary clinic. But be aware that exotic veterinarians tend to charge higher prices, so you should be aware of the risks associated with treating these creatures.
They need a small cage
You should make sure your new flying squirrel has a safe place to live. Make sure the cage is not too large, and leave the wires spaced about half an inch apart. You should also provide the squirrel with bedding, which should be changed at least once a week. Place the nest high on one side of the cage. The cage should be well-ventilated. A heating pad on a low setting works great for this.
They need a lot of stimulation
When it comes to caring for your flying squirrel baby, the best way to ensure his well-being is to provide plenty of stimulation. These adorable creatures need plenty of stimulation to develop their personalities. In addition to having a natural desire to explore, flying squirrel babies also need lots of stimulation to avoid becoming stressed. Fortunately, this species makes great pets and will bond well with your family. As long as you understand the risks of introducing a new family member into their territory, your flying squirrel will be a perfect pet for years to come.
They need to be fed
If you’re concerned about a baby flying squirrel, you might think about feeding it breast milk. But baby flying squirrels actually thrive on their mother’s milk. Breast milk is rich in essential enzymes and minerals, which are necessary for growing and developing. Once the baby has finished drinking milk and is four to five weeks old, it can start eating acorns on its own. However, this can be quite difficult for a baby flying squirrel.
They need to be carried around
A baby flying squirrel should be handled with care. It should be kept in a pouch or shirt pocket. You should also feed and carry the baby every day. The first two to three weeks should be spent acquainting the baby with your voice and scent. Spend the evenings playing with the baby and feeding it. Soon your feelings will be mutual, and the squirrel will feel safe and secure around you. You may also need to hold the baby in a crate or other open container.
How often should you feed a flying squirrel baby?
Every 3-4 hours.
What kind of food do you need to feed a flying squirrel baby?
A mixture of formula dog food and water.
When do you start weaning a flying squirrel baby?
Around 6-8 weeks old.
What type of formula should you use to feed a flying squirrel baby?
A high-protein low-fat formula.
How do you know if a flying squirrel baby is dehydrated?
Look for signs of sunken eyes a dry nose or a dry/sticky mouth.
How do you rehydrate a flying squirrel baby?
With a mixture of water and Gatorade or pedialyte.
How often should you give a flying squirrel baby a bath?
Once a week.
What type of shampoo should you use to bathe a flying squirrel baby?
A mild unscented baby shampoo.
How do you trim a flying squirrel baby’s nails?
With a nail trimmer designed for babies or small animals.
How often should you trim a flying squirrel baby’s nails?
Every 2-3 weeks.
How do you know if a flying squirrel baby is too cold?
Look for signs of shivering lethargy or a decrease in appetite.
How do you know if a flying squirrel baby is too hot?
Look for signs of panting excessive thirst or a decrease in appetite.
What is the ideal temperature for a flying squirrel baby’s enclosure?
Between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
How often should you clean a flying squirrel baby’s enclosure?
Once a week.
What type of bedding should you use in a flying squirrel baby’s enclosure?
A soft absorbent bedding such as cedar chips pine shavings or recycled newspaper pellets.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.