Where to Get a Baby Squirrel
Regardless of your reason for wanting to get a squirrel, the question is where to get a baby squirrel. You can buy a baby squirrel from a wildlife rehabilitator or hand rear one yourself. In either case, you’ll need to spend some time acclimating it to your home before allowing it to be around other pets. You should also hand rear a baby squirrel until it has acclimated to the new environment.
You can buy a baby squirrel from a wildlife rehabilitator
To make sure you’re not causing further harm to the animal, always buy a baby squirrel from a wildlife rescue organization. Wildlife rehabilitators will take care of the animal, including feeding, cleaning, and housing it. However, if you’re unable to get in touch with the wildlife rescue organization in your area, you can purchase a baby squirrel online.
A wildlife rehabilitator’s office can also help you buy a baby squirrel that’s not orphaned. While many people assume a baby squirrel is orphaned, this is not always the case. If it’s lying quietly, it could just be a fawn nursing from its mother, or it could be abandoned or dead. Luckily, it’s usually possible to purchase a baby squirrel from a wildlife rehabilitator for as little as $15.
A wildlife rehabilitator can also help you purchase a baby squirrel if the mother has left the baby without a mother. However, you should keep in mind that it’s illegal to rear wild animals in captivity in Virginia without a state permit. You can contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or Wildlife Center of Virginia for information on rehabilitators.
You can hand rear a baby squirrel
If you are not a wildlife enthusiast, you can still hand rear a baby squirrel. Squirrels are not domesticated animals and therefore, they do not make good pets. Nevertheless, if you do happen to find a baby squirrel on the ground, you should try to return it to its mother, who is most likely to take care of it. However, if you find a sick or injured baby squirrel, you should not attempt to hand rear it. In such a case, it will not be able to receive proper care from the mother, and you will probably end up with a squirrel with a growth deformity.
Before you begin hand rearing your squirrel, you should learn more about how these animals urinate and pass gas. This is because young squirrels need a little stimulation to make the necessary bowel movements. Wipe their abdomen with a warm cloth to encourage them to urinate or pee. This may take some time, but once they begin urinating and poop, you can begin introducing them to solid food.
You can let a baby squirrel live in its natural habitat
If you’re considering bringing a pet squirrel into your home, you need to know some basic tips to prevent the animal from contracting parasites. Small animals, such as squirrels, are known to harbor fleas and mites. To prevent this, you can buy a flea-repellent spray for small animals from petco. However, keep in mind that flea sprays may be toxic for a baby squirrel and should not be used. Instead, try applying diatomaceous earth or using blue Dawn dish soap. Remember to always wash your hands after handling the animal, since fleas can spread to humans.
If you have a single orphan squirrel, you should consider taking the animal to a wildlife rehabilitation facility where you can provide the proper care until it grows up and can survive in its own environment. You can also use toys to stimulate your little friend’s playtime. If you don’t want your pet to become too familiar with humans, you can also introduce it to other pets and animals. Then, you can release it into its natural habitat and watch it grow.
You should not keep a baby squirrel with other pets until it acclimates to its new environment
Although squirrels are cute and cuddly, they have not been domesticated for centuries. As a result, they require special care to thrive in their new environment. This requires changes in the way you live. Here are some tips to help you get started. Do not keep a baby squirrel with other pets until it acclimates to its new environment.
First, make sure you place the baby squirrel in a room with plenty of space to move around. A large dog carrier works well for this. The cage should have a wire door, which can be covered with window screening. Make sure to change the cage every day to keep the baby squirrel clean. Keep in mind that a baby squirrel will be more comfortable indoors when it is left alone for two weeks.
Another tip is to leave the baby squirrel alone until it acclimates to the new environment. Babies can get injured, dehydrated, or malnourished. The mother will not be able to care for it. A human can provide better care for a baby squirrel than a mother. Also, you should try to get the mother squirrel to fetch the baby. A wildlife rehabilitator can help you get the baby squirrel back into the wild.
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.