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Date Posted: 11:15:05 11/17/06 Fri
Author: Beverly
Subject: Meant to add, green veggies -- these are also accessible to ...
In reply to: Bevelry 's message, "I think doing one's best to mimic the 'natural' diet for a flyer ..." on 23:42:04 11/16/06 Thu

(Meant to add, green, yellow and orange veggies -- these are also accessible to ...) flyers, in the natural setting. Peas, broccoli, beans, pumpkin, squash, etc.
Especially, Green Peas in Pod ... lol!


>(I think doing one's best to mimic the 'natural' diet
>for a flyer ...) is the best way to go. Using a wide
>variety of food, and sticking to those fresh foods
>that grow in the 'normal' range of a flyer, is what I
>try to do. Thus, although I know of many that do
>offer such, I don't give my flyers potatoes or
>carrots(they're tree squirrels, not moles), I don't
>give them pineapple or banana. I think the 'KISS'
>diet is best -- 'Keep it Simple, Sweetheart'. Nuts --
>walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans. Seeds - sunflower,
>pumpkin, corn. Acorns in season. Sugar maple and
>white oak buds and flowers, in season. Rosehips.
>Dandelion and honeysuckle. Pinenuts. Waxworms. The
>occasional moth or cricket. Now and then, a Wheat,
>Rice or Corn Chex cereal piece. (yeah, I realise a
>wild flyer isn't hitting the Post or Kellogg's aisle
>at Acme, but wild flyers probably do eat the
>occasional tall grass seed ...) Apples, pears,
>peaches, oranges, and berries. Mushrooms (portobella
>or shiitake -- I don't take chances with wild
>mushrooms. Yup, I read the thread that suggests that
>flyers 'know' which mushrooms are safe. I'm not
>convinced that's true. I think, particularly in a
>confined environment, the chances are too great that a
>flyer might try a poisonous mushroom simply because
>it's there to try. I think there may be many a flyer
>in the wild that dies, from eating a poisonous
>mushroom -- or perhaps dies first from being caught by
>a predator, but already in a weakened state, from
>eating something that was not good for it. It would
>only take a taste of some deadly mushroom to kill my
>companions, and that's a chance I don't see any need
>to take.
>
>I'm sure it's easier to just feed rodent blocks -- and
>squirrels are rodents. Perhaps, if I was rehabbing
>hundreds of individuals, I might opt for the Purina.
>But for my money, I think I can give a flyer a better
>meal and a better life, by feeding 'whole' foods.
>
>
>>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/b
>>io99
>>>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
>>>Director
>>>
>>>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?
>>>------------------------------------------------
>>>Hello,
>>>
>>>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
>>>them.
>>> 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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