What to Feed a Baby Flying Squirrel
If you want to know what to feed a baby flying squirrel, there are some things you should know. The first thing you should know is how often you should feed it. As a rule of thumb, your flying squirrel should be fed three times a day in the first week of life. At this point, you should provide 7 to 8 cc of food at each feeding. By week eight and beyond, your flying squirrel will only require one to two feeds a day. At this time, you can feed it a variety of foods.
If you want to keep your flying squirrel healthy, consider feeding it a diet of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain calcium. Squirrels are particularly susceptible to calcium and vitamin D3 deficiencies. So, it is crucial to offer high-Calcium foods such as broccoli, kale, and arugula. Lastly, you should provide a small bowl of peanut butter daily.
While the majority of the diet should consist of vegetables, you should also introduce other fresh foods to the baby squirrel. Corn and sweet potatoes are great options. Vegetables provide key vitamins and minerals, are a natural water source, and add variety to the diet. Fruit should be introduced gradually and sparingly, as too much fruit can cause diarrhea. But a few pieces can supply your flying squirrel with some carbohydrates.
Adult squirrel food
The most basic and most important requirement of a baby flying squirrel is to be fed mother’s milk. This will ensure that it receives the necessary enzymes from their mother. Moreover, the baby will be able to eat as many acorns as they want once they are around four or five weeks old. You should feed it two halves of pecans a day, ensuring that it is getting about 15 cc of formula at each feeding.
You should give a baby flying squirrel a high-quality food containing in-shell nuts, sprinkled berries and vegetables. It should be given calcium supplements as well. A high-quality squirrel food should contain in-shell nuts, as these help to keep their teeth in shape. Avoid soft-shell nuts, as they might discourage your flying squirrel from eating them. Fresh slices of oranges and other fruits are also suitable for feeding your baby flying squirrel. You should also provide one tablespoon of rodent block in its cage. This amount will increase in a couple of weeks.
You can use a syringe to administer mother’s milk to your flying squirrel. This type of feeding is safe and easy to administer. Use a syringe that does not have air pockets. Ensure the syringe is filled to the recommended level before feeding your flying squirrel. Then, slowly and carefully feed your squirrel. Ensure that the formula is given to your flying squirrel in small amounts.
You can start giving your flying squirrel formula when they are between two and three weeks old. The first time you give it the formula, make sure that it is fully furred and has open eyes. After the first few weeks, you can switch to a formula, and then give it one meal a day for about five to six weeks. You can also give them half-cut grapes, apple bits, and shelled nuts. You should also give them distilled water, preferably a wide shallow bowl.
Acorns are a natural food source for flying squirrels. They are easy to open and can be stored for several months. Not all acorns are created equal, though. In a study, researchers studied more than 1,500 feeding trials of flying squirrels and recorded their acorn eating behavior, as well as the distance they dispersed. Acorns from red and white oak trees were eaten more quickly, with only 60 percent storing.
When feeding a flying squirrel, you should choose acorns that are white and not red. Red acorns contain tannin, which makes them bitter. Consequently, flying squirrels usually put off eating them until the days are leanest. They also remove the caps and eat the tips of the acorns, the portion farthest away from the embryo, to ensure that it germinates properly.
The most important thing to consider before feeding a baby flying squirrel is how often you want to feed it. Generally, a flying squirrel needs formula about every two to three hours during its first three weeks, with one feeding at night. After that, the squirrel can wean itself onto a mixture of rodent blocks and mealworms, as well as some apples and grapes. After the third week, a baby flying squirrel will be ready to be weaned onto a more adult diet. During this time, you can also provide it with fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds.
If the baby flying squirrel has diarrhea, check to see if it has stools that are runny or non-formed. Diarrhea is most likely due to a formula transition, too many frequent feedings, or an over-extended stomach. In any case, switch to a rehydration formula and see a veterinarian. Then, the baby will be on a good diet and ready to thrive.
What are the flying squirrel’s natural predators?
There are several predators of the flying squirrel including weasels snakes owls and hawks.
What do flying squirrels eat in the wild?
In the wild flying squirrels eat mostly insects but also nuts berries and fruits.
How big do flying squirrels get?
On average flying squirrels are about 10-12 inches long (including their tail) and weigh just over 2 ounces.
How long do flying squirrels live?
In the wild flying squirrels typically live for about 5 years.
How do flying squirrels fly?
Although they cannot actually fly flying squirrels are able to glide through the air for up to distances of almost 200 feet! They do this by first leaping into the air and then spreading their legs out and flattening their tails in order to catch the wind and slow their descent.
Where do flying squirrels live?
Flying squirrels can be found all throughout North America Europe and Asia.
Do flying squirrels hibernate?
Yes during the winter months flying squirrels will typically hibernate in tree cavities or nests that they have built out of twigs and leaves.
How many babies do flying squirrels have at a time?
Flying squirrels usually give birth to 2-5 babies at a time.
When are flying squirrels most active?
Flying squirrels are nocturnal creatures so they are most active at night.
What is the scientific name for the flying squirrel?
The scientific name for the flying squirrel is Glaucomys volans.
What is the biggest threat to flying squirrels?
Answer to Answer 11: The biggest threat to flying squirrels is habitat loss due to deforestation.
Are flying squirrels endangered?
No flying squirrels are not currently endangered.
Do flying squirrels have any predators?
Yes as mentioned before flying squirrels have several predators including weasels snakes owls and hawks.
What is the typical lifespan of a flying squirrel?
In the wild flying squirrels typically live for about 5 years.
How far can flying squirrels glide?
Flying squirrels are able to glide for up to distances of almost 200 feet!
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.