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Date Posted: 21:47:44 11/16/06 Thu
Author: Dennis
Subject: Re: Open for discussion .....
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Open for discussion ....." on 10:30:12 11/15/06 Wed

So everyone knows. Most of the top squirrel rehabbers in the
USA recommend a diet of about 75% or more rodent blocks for
rehab and raise to release squirrels. Go to Google.
Type in: "squirrels""rodent blocks"
Just as you see it WITH the quotation marks. Those narrow
the search to the words or phrases between them. You will
see many sites that say to feed squirrels and flying
squirrels rodent blocks. I personally do not. I have never
seen a flyer show ANY sign of interest in eating them.
Some rehabbers give squirrels small amounts of dog food.
I suppose if they have nothing else they will eat them,
but, they would eat cardboard, too, if hungry enough.

>This morning, Agnes brought to my attention this
>website page:
> >href="http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bio99/bio99
>867.htm">Flying Squirrel Captive

>Newton is an electronic community for Science, Math,
>and Computer Science K-12 Educators.
>Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, Ill., Division
>of Educational Programs, Harold Myron, Ph.D., Division
>Here's the thread question, and the replies:
>name Tammy
>status other
>age 30s
>Question - hello there,
>was looking around the internet for ideas on what to
>feed my daughters'
>pet flying squirrel when I happened across your page.
>When I saw the name
>Roland F. Eisenbeis, Supt. of Conservation I decided
>to send an email
>because my name is also Eisenbeis. My question is what
>types of fruits and
>veggies should I feed him and is there anything he
>should not have?
>I have been taking care of flying squirrels for twenty
>years as part of
>our nature center display. We feed our flying
>squirrels Purina Mouse
>Chow with an occasional supplement of acorns, when
>they are available,
>and/or sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds can be
>unhealthy if fed in too
>large a quantity. The high oil content can lead to
>hair loss. Also,
>changes in diet can lead to a loose droppings and a
>"messy" cage. Avoid
>feeding large quantities of any fresh foods and only
>add them a couple
>times a week, if you do.
>Wayne Vanderploeg
>River Trail Nature Center
>3120 N. Milwaukee Ave.
>Northbrook, IL 60062
>Keep in mind tht flying squirrels are protected by
>Federal law and you must have
>a license to have
>one in captivity. If all else fails, contact a local
>vet. for guidance.
>Steve Sample
>Hi Tammy:
> First your question: we feed a captive flying
>squirrel at River Trail
>N.C. commercial mouse or rat chow and it seems to
>thrive, we've had it for
>some years now. Sometimes we toss in some acorns or
>other nuts for variety.
>I would not bother with soft fruits and veggies, I
>don't think it will eat
> Roland Eisenbeis was my superviser for several
>years before he retired
>in the mid-1980's. He still lives in the suburbs of
>Chicago, and I
>correspond with him occasionally.
>John Elliott, Director
>River Trail Nature Center
>Okay, folks, comments, please ....

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