Why is My Taxidermied Squirrel Losing Fur?
If your taxidermied squirrel has started to lose its fur, the condition may be caused by Notoedric mange. In this article, we’ll explain what the cause of the fur loss might be, how much calcium is safe for your taxidermied squirrel, and some ways to keep an eye on your taxidermied squirrel. We’ll also touch on ways to monitor your taxidermied squirrel’s health.
Notoedric mange causes fur loss in taxidermied squirrels
Notoedric mange is a very serious disease that affects many animals, including foxes and squirrels. In its most advanced stages, it can cause complete loss of fur and skin, and in some cases, can cause an animal’s death. It is most common in red foxes, and is characterized by thinning hair, inflamed skin, and crusts, or scabs. In more advanced cases, it can even cause blindness. Despite its unpleasant appearance, notoedric mange is a serious disease that requires careful handling.
Although notoedric mange can cause complete hair loss in taxidermied squirrels, it can affect any part of an animal’s body. While not fatal, it can severely reduce a squirrel’s life, particularly in colder weather. The disease is caused by the mites of the genus Demodex, which do not typically infect humans. Those who handle mangy animals should wear protective gloves and wash their hands immediately after handling them.
In some cases, the squirrel may not show obvious signs of mange, such as a complete loss of fur, or it may have a more severe condition. The best way to treat notoedric mange is to keep the squirrel away from human-made objects, including toys and other household items. However, even if a squirrel does show signs of this disease, it might not be infected with the disease.
Dosage of calcium for taxidermied squirrels
Initially, you may wonder what is the right dosage of calcium for a taxidermied squirrel. The truth is that you can’t tell based on the type of calcium you give, but the quantity you give is critical. You must administer calcium immediately and regularly; any delay could result in paralysis or death. For small squirrels, you can use a crushed calcium pill mixed with fruit juice or water. Smaller squirrels need fifty milligrams of calcium every four hours. In most cases, the dosage for an adult squirrel is 500 mg daily.
If you’re worried that your taxidermied squirrel might not be getting enough calcium, use Henry’s blocks instead. Make sure to give small doses more frequently, as a higher dose could result in seizures. Before you give a squirrel any calcium, remove all seeds, corn, or treats from their diet. This way, your taxidermied squirrel will receive the right amount of calcium.
The correct dose depends on the species of the squirrel. A baby eastern gray squirrel should receive two milliliters of calcium daily when it’s two weeks old. Similarly, a newborn fox squirrel should receive fifty milliliters of calcium every four hours when it’s four weeks old. This way, the baby squirrel doesn’t get overfed, which could result in diarrhea and dehydration.
Ways to keep an eye on a taxidermied squirrel
If you have a taxidermied squirrel at home, you’ll want to stay vigilant about the condition of its tail. The animal may have been captured by an experienced taxidermist, and its head may have been carefully mounted. However, this method is illegal and will likely not satisfy your loved one. Here are a few ways to make sure your squirrel’s tail is preserved and ready to display.
First, you should contact the taxidermist so he or she can give you instructions on how to properly cap the animal. You can also try to mimic a mother licking her baby. The following techniques should be adequate:
When not in use, squirrels should be kept in their cage in a room with low human activity. They should not be treated like pets, and they should not be exposed to another species they should fear. Exposing them to these things will only increase their risk of encountering people and other animals. Aside from that, squirrels can be dangerous when exposed to certain environments. Therefore, it is essential to keep a watchful eye on your taxidermied squirrel.
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.