I Found a Newborn Squirrel. What Do I Do?
If you’ve found a baby squirrel, it’s a good idea to let its mother care for it. While it may be tempting to pick it up, you should first let the mother take care of the baby first. A newborn squirrel has a higher chance of survival when the mother is nearby. Be sure to wear gloves and avoid touching the animal if it’s still too young. A baby squirrel may have an open wound or broken bone, or it may have fly eggs, maggots, or even a rice grain-like caterpillar moving about. Besides, it might be cold and wet, and may need immediate veterinary attention.
Observe a baby squirrel for six to eight hours of daylight
The best way to observe a newborn squirrel is to bring it into a warm room or a box. Place it near a tree, if possible, and close the box so it can’t be escaped. If the squirrel is cold, heat it up with a heating pad or by placing a container of hot water near it. Make sure to test the water temperature before using it, and place it near the baby squirrel.
Young squirrels need stimulation to urinate and to poop. To stimulate them, wipe their abdomens with a damp cloth. The animal should urinate or pass urine, although this may take some time. Once the young squirrel is awake, they’ll likely eat and drink. Observe them for at least six to eight hours every day. Observe a newborn squirrel for six to eight hours of daylight to learn more about its behavior.
Make a nest
To ensure the safety of a baby squirrel, you should provide a dark, warm place where it can lay its eggs. You can also provide a small heating source, such as a hot water bottle. If you have any questions about the safe placement of the nest, consult a wildlife rehabilitator or vet. Ideally, the nest should be placed near where the mother nested. Alternatively, you can use a small plastic box with an open lid.
When bringing a newborn squirrel home, remember that it will automatically call for its mother, and should be brought inside within one to two hours of being born. You may need to keep changing the heat source several times until the mother arrives. Make sure you do not disturb the nest while it is in use, or it may scare the baby. Make sure to keep a warm sock for the baby, and make sure the mother squirrel is nearby.
Rehydrate a baby squirrel
Rehydrating a newborn squirrel is extremely important. Unlike humans, squirrels cannot digest food. They need fluids immediately. You can give the baby squirrel sugar water, pedialyte, or a solution of salt, sugar, and water. Make sure the syringe has no air pockets. Be sure to give the baby squirrel small amounts at a time. If the squirrel is under five weeks old, do not overfeed him.
You can also check the turgor by grabbing the squirrel’s back. If the skin snaps quickly back to normal, it’s hydrated. Otherwise, it will remain elevated for a long time before returning to normal. However, if the skin is slightly dehydrated, it’s likely dehydrated. Even very young baby squirrels have loose skin. Occasionally, you can stimulate the squirrel’s urination to increase the amount of water it consumes.
Reunite a baby squirrel with its mother
The goal of trying to reunite a newborn squirrel with its mother is the same as when you reuniting a baby with its mother. First, check the baby squirrel for warmth and injuries. Next, place the baby in a small box lined with soft cloth and a hot water bottle. The family waited for a few hours to attract the mother, then brought the infant down. The family considered what the best way to do this was.
If you are unable to reach a Wildlife Rehabilitator, take the newborn squirrel to a wildlife rescue center. It is illegal to keep wild animals as pets, so the baby must receive the proper care. However, if you are unable to reach a Wildlife Rehabber, you can try some of the steps outlined here. It’s important to keep all materials out of reach of children and pets, as well.
Place a baby squirrel back in its habitat
To properly care for a newly born squirrel, you should first take it to a wildlife rehabilitator. These professionals know how to care for the baby squirrel until it can survive on its own. Once the baby squirrel is no longer a baby, you can reintroduce it to its natural habitat. For more information, contact the FWC. You can also visit a wildlife rehabilitator if you suspect that you have found a baby squirrel.
The first step is to keep the baby squirrel in a warm, quiet place. Do not let other animals come in contact with the baby. Make sure to keep the nest warm and keep it out of reach of children and pets. Next, you should find a wildlife rehabilitation center. This can be done by calling the local humane society, animal shelter, or Fish & Game group to find a facility in your area. You can also search for rehabilitation centers online by typing in the city and state you live in.
How do you know if a squirrel is a newborn?
If the squirrel’s eyes are closed it is a newborn.
How often do newborn squirrels need to be fed?
Newborn squirrels need to be fed every 2-3 hours.
What kind of milk do newborn squirrels drink?
Newborn squirrels drink their mother’s milk.
Where do newborn squirrels live?
Newborn squirrels usually stay in their nest with their mother.
How long does it take for a newborn squirrel to open its eyes?
It takes a newborn squirrel about 2 weeks to open its eyes.
How long does it take for a newborn squirrel to be weaned?
It takes a newborn squirrel around 8-10 weeks to be weaned.
How long do newborn squirrels stay with their mother?
Newborn squirrels stay with their mother until they are around 3 months old.
What do newborn squirrels eat?
Newborn squirrels eat their mother’s milk.
How big are newborn squirrels?
Newborn squirrels are usually about 5-8 inches long.
How much do newborn squirrels weigh?
Newborn squirrels usually weigh around 2-5 ounces.
What kind of fur do newborn squirrels have?
Newborn squirrels have soft fuzzy fur.
How many toes does a newborn squirrel have on each foot?
Newborn squirrels have 5 toes on each foot.
How many weeks does it take for a newborn squirrel to be weaned?
It takes a newborn squirrel around 8-10 weeks to be weaned.
What is the average lifespan of a squirrel?
The average lifespan of a squirrel is around 10 years.
What predators do newborn squirrels have?
Newborn squirrels have many predators including snakes hawks coyotes and foxes.
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.