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Date Posted: 16:39:50 08/18/06 Fri
Author: S. K. Dixon ((who's probably the wrong one to answer this))
Subject: Re: question again.
In reply to: Cindy 's message, "question again." on 10:39:30 08/18/06 Fri

>Could a flying squirrel and a ground squirrel live in
>the same encloser if it's big enough?
Well, the answer is generally "no", I am told! However, I do have a gray squirrel (Spiderman) who very sweetly shares his quarters with one of my flying squirrels (Hope) and they have been doing so for about eight or so months now. Every morning when I go in to get Spiderman up for the day (my zoo only sleep in cages and are free during their awake hours) and put the flyers away for their day/sleeping, Hope is bundled in with Spiderman. He doesn't seem to mind her or bother her and I think she finds Spiderman quite handsome! LOL! How she manages to get into his huge cage is a mystery, but she is very petite and undoubtedly can be very slinky when she puts her mind to it. Sometimes I leave her in his cage for the day, and he comes and goes at will (as well as the birds that make their home with us do); sometimes I gently catch her and put her inside her own cage/nest box. If I don't secure her quickly, she comes right back out and heads back into Spiderman's cage. All this being said, I MUST emphasize that this arrangement has been of their own choosing, not mine; and over the years of rehabbing many different varieties of critters have been together that probably would never occur in the wild but here coexisted quite peaceably. Would I try to make this arrangement on my own? Heavens No! As I said, it was their choice, not mine. But it is NOT an arrangement I would have chosen or tried. My friend and fellow rehabber Tom Hauk (who has forgotten more than I will ever know) was very surprised by this "gray/flyer" bunking; but he has visited the Zoo and been amazed by their obvious respect for each other. So, your question was "could they"--they could; but "should they"--no, not of our choice but only of theirs.

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