What Can You Offer a Squirrel to Befriend It?
If you’re interested in interacting with a squirrel in your yard, there are a few things you can do. First of all, you can leave food and drink by its tree or home. You can also put out bird feeders. It’s up to you, but these three methods are surprisingly effective. Listed below are tips for establishing a regular routine with your new friend.
Among the most important things you can do to attract a squirrel is to offer him or her some food. Most squirrels are excited to receive food, so it is important to provide them with some, or even a large number, of nuts. When you first approach a squirrel, hold your hand out in front of it, and let the squirrel take the nut. If the squirrel is wary of humans, wait a few days before approaching again. Then, be patient and give them a few days or weeks to accept the nuts.
If you want to feed your pet squirrel, you can buy dried corn kernels from a farm supply store. Although corn is inexpensive, buying it packaged as pet food will cost more. The kernels can cause obstruction and are a choking hazard. You can also avoid giving your pet raw corn because it may result in the kernel chipping off its teeth. In addition, baby squirrels may choke on raw kernels. Lastly, it can lead to gum infections and toothaches.
When you want to attract squirrels to your yard, it’s easy to use deer antlers. These are a natural food source for squirrels, and you can purchase them at a local pet store. However, before you go out and buy any deer antlers for your squirrel, you should know that they have special needs and care requirements. Squirrels drink a lot of water, especially in warm weather. They also need water during lactation or pregnancy. In any case, they need a fresh water source for drinking and playing.
If you have a bird feeder and you notice that your birds aren’t enjoying the food, you may want to consider putting up a squirrel-resistant pole. Birds that enjoy the seed from your feeder are likely to stay away if you place the pole on the ground. You can also consider coating the feeder with hot peppers. While peppers are toxic to humans, squirrels aren’t allergic. Adding pepper to bird food will deter them from eating it.
If you want to befriend a squirrel, you should make sure you are offering it the right food. While some squirrels can carry diseases, such as rabies, this is rare. You should always follow the proper steps and avoid making sudden movements when feeding. If you follow these guidelines, the squirrels will be more likely to accept your food. They will also start to pick up nuts in front of you.
If you’re trying to befriend a baby squirrel, it’s important to understand the basic needs of this animal. For starters, baby squirrels need toys and stimulation. Give them something they can play with and they’ll be happy to oblige. Using natural items that they’re familiar with will also help protect them from scratches and abrasions. After a few weeks, you can release the baby squirrel with some of these items.
Talking to a squirrel
One of the best ways to attract a squirrel to your yard is to talk to it. Although squirrels cannot understand human language, they can detect your tone of voice and will often move away from you. Instead of approaching the squirrel, wait a few minutes until it returns to the area where you want to interact. You can then try calling it a name or throwing a treat to it. Once you’ve done these steps successfully, you’ll have a squirrel that will come running to you and accept treats.
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.