has any one had a richardson ground squirrel as a pet

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by poultrykeeper08, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    i have a chance to get a 2 year old ground squirrel . She is 2 years old but not that friendly . i was wandering if any body has had one and knows if they can be tamed down . the lady said she will eat from her hand but bites her some times so she wears leather gloves to touch her . i was also wandering if they smell
    any info would be greatly appreciated
  2. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    My brother in law has a tree squirrel as a pet. He rescued it as a tiny, bald baby. Its not tame in the traditional sense. You can't take it out and hold it in your lap like a cat, but he does really, really enjoy it. Its very entertaining to watch. He built it a big cage outdoors with lots of climbing things and his sleeping/indoor cage is neat to. Its fun watching him hide his nuts and monkey around everywhere. I guess it depends on what your looking for in a pet rather you would want it, or not.
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    I've owned 2 richardson ground squirrels and several tree squirrels.
    In all truth richardson ground squirrels dont make good pets.
    They have a biological need for hibernation and when kept as pets they often dont get too and it can create a lot of health problems, such as heart problems.
    They do best in pars and when kept alone can couse problems.
    The Richardson's Ground Squirrel loves to chew on anything and everything.

    A three-story ferret cage is highly recommended with various climbing implements, a nesting box with nesting material, and a ferret exercise wheel.
    The Richardson's Ground Squirrel has a diet that consist of lots of grains, such as oats, wheat, barley, cereal, etc., seeds, and vegetarian products. Nuts, yogurt, or cottage cheese can be used as a nutritious treat a couple of times a week, but not too often as the animal's digestive tract can't handle an excess too well.

    I woludnt get an adult as your 1st one, you need to get a baby,one you can train and work with.

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