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deepseas72's avatar

Do squirrels make good pets?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) March 21st, 2008 from iPhone
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credo99's avatar

to hillbillies, yes.

andrew's avatar

<insert squirbel joke here>. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

I would have to say…no.

Sisa's avatar

hm do they bite?? They bite nuts hard.

row4food's avatar

it depends. i know someone who raised baby ones that were abandoned by their mother. eventually they had to let them go, because they are wild animals.

on a sidenote…when i was in high school, we had someone catch one and let it loose in the library…quite the scene.

Zaku's avatar

Yeah, adult wild squirrels tend to go nuts… when confined. They may do things like try to dig through your wall to escape, and they can dig through wood surprisingly quickly while going nuts.

On the other hand, baby squirrels raised in a home can be ok for a while – I know of two examples, but I would definitely consult a local “licensed wildlife rehabilitator” (do a web search for your area) for advice, which my guess will tend to be “no, let it go” or “no, let us nurse it back to health and release it”.

gooch's avatar

Flying squirrels do I had one when I was a kid

heyu1021's avatar

Are you mentally ill? Why would you consider caging a beautiful wild animal for a pet? This is the most insane thing.

I’m calling PETA.

deepseas72's avatar

I guess I should have specified…....I am not talking about wild animals. I’m talking about handfed petshop-bought squirrels.
You can buy monkeys in a pet shop, but I’ve heard that they make poor pets….get the drift here?

brownlemur's avatar

Nonononononononononononono. They are not pets. Wild animals. Not pets.

squirbel's avatar

Well at least squirbels are domesticated and rabies-free :)

boffin's avatar

Protect your nuts…

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