Where Can I Drop Off a Baby Squirrel?
Finding a wildlife center or rehabilitator near you is a great way to help a baby squirrel. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Find a wildlife center or rehabilitator in your area
If you find a squirrel cub, you can either scoop it up and bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator or contact your local wildlife center for assistance. A baby squirrel is usually not dangerous to handle; however, an adult squirrel’s sharp nails and incisors can be dangerous to a human. A good idea is to keep the animal in a box in a warm place. Never offer food or water to a squirrel.
You can also bring the baby squirrel inside overnight. It is important to remember that a mother squirrel will not be active after dusk, so it’s best to bring the baby squirrel inside overnight. If the baby doesn’t have a mother yet, it may have become orphaned and need rehabilitating. It is best to contact a wildlife center or rehabilitator in your area to drop off the baby squirrel.
Observe a baby squirrel for six to eight hours
Baby squirrels need to be left alone for at least six to eight hours for their natural instincts to kick in. They will often follow humans home or climb on their legs. However, if you have not seen this behavior before, you should try it! Here are some tips to ensure the safety of the baby squirrel. The mother squirrel will always check on her babies. Observe a baby squirrel for six to eight hours in order to gain insight into its behaviors.
At about three to four weeks of age, baby squirrels have closed eyes, no teeth, and are completely hairless. They still have bright pink fur, but they’re covered in reddish-purple shadows over most of their bodies. After two or three weeks, their tails will begin to grow and they’ll develop their lower front teeth. Observe a baby squirrel for six to eight hours a day to observe the development of their fur.
Keep it warm during cold weather
When it comes to keeping a baby squirrel warm during cold weather, the most important factor is to provide the right level of heat and humidity. Babies need constant heat sources until they become fully furred, which takes about five weeks. If you have a newborn squirrel in your home, keep it warm with a heat source at a temperature of 100deg F. Furred baby squirrels can tolerate a lower temperature of 96 to 98deg F, but they will still be susceptible to hypothermia if you fail to provide adequate warmth and humidity. Multiple baby squirrels will also be able to maintain their body temperature together by snuggling in warm bedding.
You can also place a heating pad under half the box or container to keep the baby squirrel warm. Place a towel folded twice over the heating pad. Monitor the temperature of your baby squirrel closely. Its body temperature should be around 99 degrees, so make sure you monitor it closely to avoid overheating it. However, if you’re not sure how to keep a baby squirrel warm, there are some helpful videos online that will show you how to do it yourself.
Treat it for dehydration
If you think a squirrel is dehydrated, you should act fast. You should rehydrate the squirrel quickly and keep it warm. This is very important since any animal suffering from dehydration is vulnerable to seizures. Also, do not feed the squirrel until it has regained its fluids. If you do not know how to treat a dehydrated squirrel, here are some tips. This way, you can avoid the risk of dehydration and ensure the squirrel’s survival.
If a squirrel’s stools are loose or runny, it may be suffering from dehydration. If you find this condition in your squirrel, it is crucial to immediately take it to a vet for further evaluation. You should also switch the squirrel’s diet back to its normal diet of sunflower seeds, fresh corn and nuts. Once the squirrel has recovered, it is fine to resume supplementation.
Reunite a baby squirrel with its mother
One of the first steps to reuniting a squirrel baby with its mother is to find the mother. The mother is usually the one to know the best way to raise her young and will never reject it simply because it is human. If the mother is injured or the female is dead, don’t attempt to reunite the baby with its mother. Instead, try to locate the baby by using your pet’s tracking skills.
As soon as you find the baby squirrel, take it out to the tree where the mother lived. Place it in a small, secure nest. This nest should not be climbable, and should consist of materials that would be natural in the area. Mount the nest about 8 to 10 feet in the tree or put it at the base. If the mother is not present, the baby squirrel will most likely be too cold to live in the house.
How old does a baby squirrel have to be to be dropped off?
6 weeks old
Where can I find a list of places to drop off a baby squirrel?
Local wildlife rehabilitation center
What time of year do baby squirrels need to be dropped off?
Spring and summer
Do baby squirrels need to be weaned before they are dropped off?
No but they should be eating solid food
How do I know if a baby squirrel is injured?
If the baby squirrel is bleeding has a broken bone or is otherwise injured it needs to go to a wildlife rehabilitator
How do I know if a baby squirrel is orphaned?
If the baby squirrel is crying and searching for its mother it is likely orphaned
What do I do if I find an injured or orphaned baby squirrel?
Take it to a local wildlife rehabilitation center
Is it legal to drop off a baby squirrel in my state?
It is illegal to possess most wildlife without a permit so check with your state wildlife agency before you drop off a baby squirrel
How much does it cost to drop off a baby squirrel?
Some wildlife rehabilitation centers accept donations but there is usually no fee
What happens to baby squirrels after they are dropped off?
The baby squirrel will be cared for until it is old enough to be released back into the wild
How long does it take for a baby squirrel to be released back into the wild?
It depends on the individual squirrel but most are released within a year
What do I need to do before I drop off a baby squirrel?
Call the wildlife rehabilitation center to find out their specific requirements but in general you should make sure the baby squirrel is warm and has food and water
What kind of food should I give a baby squirrel?
You can give the baby squirrel infant formula but it should also be given solid food such as vegetables fruits and nuts
What kind of container should I use to transport a baby squirrel?
A cardboard box with a soft cloth lining is a good option
What should I do if I can’t find a place to drop off a baby squirrel?
If you can’t find a place to drop off the baby squirrel you can care for it yourself temporary until you can find a place
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.