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Date Posted: 10:04:08 08/19/06 Sat
Author: Beverly (always open to ideas ...)
Subject: IMHO, it's usually wise to have separate quarters for different ...
In reply to: S. K. Dixon 's message, "Re: question again." on 16:39:50 08/18/06 Fri

(IMHO, it's usually wise to have separate quarters for different ...) species. That said, considering the simple fact that flyers, other 'tree' squirrel (like Spiderman) and many a ground squirrel (chipmunks, etc) all co-exist in the natural setting ()often quite closely, I think it's possible for flyers and ground squirrels to get on well enough. Since flyers are nocturnal, and most ground squirrels diurnal or crepuscular, and since they really don't share the same 'strata' all that much, if the enclosure is large, givig both species plenty of area to get away from one another, they can likely co-exist happily enough. But, if there is a confrontation, it may result in injury or death - likely for the smaller of the two species. So, again, I'm disinclined to set up such a situation. I do allow my eastern cottontail, Ahab, to share quarters with my flyers, but of course there is no real interaction between the flyers and Ahab, and no sense of natural competition for food.

>>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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