Squirrels as Pets. Anybody?

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squishy

Mountain climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 01:15pm PT
I looked into getting one a few years ago, they are great as babies but they are not a good pet once they become adults. Selling such an animal would be kinda sad, there are plenty of rehab places that need help, go volunteer and take care of the squirrels if you want to play with them. Or raise one as a baby then let it go once the call of the wild sets in. I have a large tree outside my place, with plenty of squirrels in it, it would be a great place to let them run free once they hit puberty.

here's a good read on it.
http://nature-talk.com/wildlife/squirrels/buying-squirrels.html

a good alternative would be a ferret or a chinchilla they make much better pets.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
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once the cheque is cashed and the squirrels are shipped...their behavioural issues are not my problem. De-clawing is an option, I guess. No returns, tho.

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neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jan 19, 2012 - 05:02pm PT
Ideas for after the "cute baby" thing wears off...

4 squirrels, cut into pieces
1 c. chopped onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 c. burgundy wine
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tbsp. flour
1 stick butter
1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. chopped onion tops
4 oz. or more mushrooms
Tony's creole seasoning

Cut each squirrel into 8 pieces. Season with creole seasoning. Melt butter in a Dutch oven and fry squirrel pieces until browned all over (and starts to stick to the pot). Add a cup of chopped onions, 1/2 cup of bell peppers and 4 cloves of garlic. When vegetables are soft, add a small amount of cold water and Worcestershire sauce. Cover pot and let simmer one hour. Stir well, add 1/2 cup wine. Cook until tender. Add flour to mushroom liquid, onion tops, parsley and mushrooms. Cook 5 minutes. Combine with squirrels. Serve over rice. Serves 8.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
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anyone want to order more squirrels?


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Hilt

Social climber
Utah
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
I know two people who had pet squirrels. Yup, they get older and wham, all their cuteness is gone and they wreck havoc. Go rescue a cat or dog, they get better with age and they are the best pets.
Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
i'll take a couple off yer' hands.
Credit: Hankster
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 19, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
I have a pet squirrel that lives under a boulder outisde my condo...My daughter and i named it Sandy after the squirrel on sponge bob...Sandy loves jeffrey cones...Sandy says hello to all the taco members out there..RJ
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 19, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
One of my favorite random websites.

"All Squirrels Must Die"
"Home of the squirrel defamation league"

http://deadsquirrel.com/

... although it is FAR less entertaining since they shut down the squirrel-hater's forum. The avatar pics were priceless.

Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Jan 22, 2012 - 11:12am PT
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Jan 22, 2012 - 11:15am PT








Jan 19, 2012 - 12:40pm PT


i once had a golden mantle squirrel for a pet.. The dood just couldnt help but nip me when hand feeding him snacks! It was like he was perfectly at home for a few nibbles, then he would sneak in a little nibble off my hand or fingers! Never did get used to that.

how did you kill it






didnt kill him..He eventually took liking to a she skeewarrel and left to make a home of his own...
LEB

climber
PA
Jan 22, 2012 - 11:28am PT
They make good "outdoor" pets meaning you can train them to come up and take peanuts from you then run back to their hideouts. You can get them to take peanuts from your hand but it is very difficult. You can also train them to come to your back door and demand handouts by kicking the screen door and chattering. That is about the extent of it. They make great outdoor pets, very poor indoor ones.

Chipmunks are much MUCH easier to corrupt and they make excellent "outdoor pets." They are much less wary of humans. It is very easy to train a chipmunk to run up your pantleg, crawl up your flannel shirt and then go inside your pocket and stuff their face(literally) with unshelled peanuts. They will put one in each cheek and carry one in their mouth, crawl out of your pocket run down your leg and run off. They stash it and come back for more. Chipmunks can be turned into pets within a day or so. Squirrels take much much longer and will never be corrupted to the same extent.

If the purists had their way, you would be arrested and shot at a firing squad for doing this stuff. They will lecture you non-stop about how absolutely awful you are. Somehow, the world continues to turn on its axis, orbit the sun even though you fed the squirrel a peanut. No doubt we will hear from some of them right here, shortly enough. Once I really did commit a capital offense. Instead of giving the chipmunk a peanut, I gave it a french fry. The statute of limitations has run out so I can freely admit to it. Soon thereafter, the animal developed cardiovascular disease and needed triple bypass surgery and it was all my fault. It cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars to treat the animal and correct the damage I caused.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2012 - 11:43am PT
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neversummer: 2 squirrels

Nita: 20 squirrels

Tami: 8 squirrels


These are the squirrel orders so far. I have your home addresses from Linked In and other similar info-tracking websites (hope you don't mind).

The animals will be shipped this evening...an SASE envelope is included, payment is COD, $28 dollar (US) per unit (this includes a "sampler" box of Squirrel Chow) (also, some of the animals may be pregnant) The animals have been de-loused, but have not been de-clawed.

-toad

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LEB

climber
PA
Jan 22, 2012 - 11:56am PT
toadgas,

Can you supply me with black squirrels for my farm. I desperately want to start a colony of them there? Pregnant black squirrels will be just fine but can you assure me that the father is black also? It is a recessive gene so they will breed true.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
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toadgas,

Can you supply me with black squirrels for my farm. I desperately want to start a colony of them there? Pregnant black squirrels will be just fine but can you assure me that the father is black also? It is a recessive gene so they will breed true.


LEB,

this is Los Angeles, where loose white women often chase after NBA black athletes and whatnot, but in my local trees (where I harvest my squirrels) I have never seen any afro-type squirrels, or sexy inter-racial mating going on. Maybe after I fill a few dozen orders...then with the profits I can import some exotic black squirrels from somewhere.

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Jim Clipper

Social climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jan 22, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Life imitates art or something like that ...





I was really looking for a better music for the second one. Maybe a little more like the first...



But seriously, take a look at glide ratios of flying animals, physiology, center of mass, etc.

I imagine Mr. Gill, arms perpendicular to his shoulders (forward attack?), with a bed sheet tied to his hands a feet might have given modern jumpers a run for their money. Finally, I would guess that some women could have done much the same, but rings aren't for girls ... (ummm, yeah! boys).

addendum: wing sweep, drag, angle of attack, golf ball divots on the ventral surface to increase laminar flow, well groomed chest hair?

toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^

demi-god Honnold is LIGHT compared to those extreme wingsuiters!

But Honnold is even LIGHTER compared to a Flying Squirrel.

Why?

Because Flying Squirrels don't use PARACHUTES to land safely with.

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BJ

climber
Jan 22, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Contact Richard Gere, I'm sure he had a squirrel or two in addition to his steady repertoire of hamsters, mice and gerbils
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 22, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
You just knew a richard gere joke was going to appear...RJ
Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Jan 22, 2012 - 05:11pm PT
When I was a kid in suburbia, me and my next door neighbor shot a squirrel off his fanatic animal lover mom's birdbath with a BB gun. We wanted to eat it, but not immediately, and the skin was difficult to get off so we put it in a bucket of salt water in the basement and left it. We ended up using pliers to pull the skin off, which wasn't easy, we had to pull really hard for a long time. When his parents were at work we cooked the skinned carcass in his livingroom fireplace with barbecue sauce. The meat was stringy and tough. His mom would have killed us if she ever found out.

Toadgas, couldn't ya burn their testicles out with a wood-burning pen when they are young? That may make them calm and people can enjoy them as pets. Or, you could also sell the wood-burning pens to your customers when the squirrels get a little older.
perswig

climber
Jan 22, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Hester on release day.










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