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Date Posted: 12/ 3/06 8:34:08pm
Author: Tania
Subject: whats the difference?

i was curious to know the differences between northern and southern flying squirrels?...and if anyone knows if they are legal to have as pets in GA?...one more question...mine was given to me by my father in law and was wondering if you can take them to the vet??...& do they carry diseases...i have a 6 year old im worried about ?thanks !~

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[> Size (northerners are larger), habitat (northerners prefer ... -- Beverly, 12/ 4/06 2:35:57am

(Size (northerners are larger), habitat (Northerners prefer ...) conifer (pine tree) forests, Southerns prefer mixed hardwood deciduous (oaks, beeches) forests, and range (Northerners have a greater Canadian range than Southerners ...); these are the 'main' differences. Some 'personality' differences, too -- Northerners tend to be a bit more 'docile' and shy - Southerners more 'wired' and inquisitive. Both make excellent companions, but if you're in GA (which is not a flyer friendly state, to the best of my knowledge ...), I'd stick with the Southern flyer, even when either is available.

It might be difficult to find a vet with any real experience with flyers, and some won't treat a flyer if you're in a 'flyer unfriendly' state. Luckily, flyers rarely need medical assistance.

Flyers are not commonly found to transmit any disease to humans, but on rare (very rare) occasion Typhus is associated with flyers, and that can cause illness. The CDC has an article you can review:
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.cdc.gov/MMWR/preview/mmwrhtml/00001177.htm">Epidemic Typhus Associated with Flying Squirrels</a>

You'll read that Georgia had the majority of cases -- but that the illness is treatable (no cases resulted in death), and again, very rare (30 cases, nationwide, in a 15 year study period). Your child has as much, or greater, a chance of getting ill from a cat bite or scratch.

For more information, please visit and register (free) as a 'user' at <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/">National Flying Squirrel Association Messageboard</a>. You'll find people there who can give you some tips on any questions you might have.


>i was curious to know the differences between
>northern and southern flying squirrels?...and if
>anyone knows if they are legal to have as pets in
>GA?...one more question...mine was given to me by my
>father in law and was wondering if you can take them
>to the vet??...& do they carry diseases...i have a 6
>year old im worried about ?thanks !~


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[> [> Re: Size (northerners are larger), habitat (northerners prefer ... -- Elena, 02/ 7/07 5:39:00pm

How can I find what sort of flying squirrel I have? It has stripes down it's back and a grayish underbelly.


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[> [> [> Re: Size (northerners are larger), habitat (northerners prefer ... -- Joan, 02/ 8/07 4:55:57pm

>How can I find what sort of flying squirrel I have? It
>has stripes down it's back and a grayish underbelly.

Post a picture here: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=34">http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=34</a>


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