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The best outcome for any baby squirrel is to be raised by its mother, and baring that, to be reared in the company of other squirrels in a setting that best prepares it for a successful life in the wild. Squirrels rarely make good pets and in many jurisdictions it is illegal. A single squirrel reared by humans is at a huge disadvantage for learning important social and survival skills.
Before you proceed, ensure that you have followed the steps described in ‘I found a baby’ to address the orphan’s urgent needs. You must never feed a cold baby and it must be fully hydrated before providing a formula appropriate for squirrels. If you aren’t sure what species of squirrel you have, the link to the right can provide important clues to its identification.
Please consider joining the Squirrel board, it’s a free forum that will provide you with access to a vast knowledge base and personalized help specific for your situation.
There are thousands of resources worldwide and often local help for your squirrel can be found quickly.
The Squirrel Board maintains multiple forums monitored by wildlife rehabilitators; as well as, questions and answers to thousands of queries on topics including:
This section includes a discussion of the most common feeding tools used by rehabilitators to accurately control and measure the amount of formula delivered.
Many life threatening illnesses can be avoided by ensuring that the formula is delivered
at the right flow rate to prevent aspiration, choking or over-
Topics Include syringe and nipple selection; as well as, links to online retailers .
One of the most frequent and avoidable feeding mistakes is feeding too much, too fast, or at the wrong frequency.
This section discusses how much to feed the baby and how often.
Includes charts based on age and weight, links to online conversion calculators for weight & volume, and
tips for success.
This section discusses some of the more common mistakes related to feeding, Including:
As well as, links to articles on common causes of stool and gastrointestinal problems in juvenile squirrels.
Babies under six week and injured or sick adults need supplemental heat.
Building a makeshift incubator can be done quickly with readily available household items.
This section lists the supplies you will need, instructions for putting together and a list of common precautions to ensure the squirrels comfort and safety.
Babies with their eyes closed need help to urinate and defecate.
This section details how to stimulate the baby to eliminate.
includes a link to a demonstration of the technique.
Additional links to baby squirrel care
Access helpful guides from the experts on
The Squirrel Board:
I found a baby squirrel! Now What?
A manual of infant care for beginners
Raising Infant Tree Squirrels
Species is important!
Most states have laws that apply based on the species of squirrel.