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TexasTiger1984
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Sep 2009
1130 posts

Flying Squirrels in the South
Am I the only one who didn't know until recently that we have these in the wild down south?

A year ago I saw one while hunting in Liberty, MS and it blew my mind. I've been hunting around there for 20 years and had never seen one.

This past weekend, while cleaning out a box stand, found a nest of a mom and four babies.

I didn't even think about making a roux, those things are so damn cute.


Huntinguy
Member since Mar 2011
1047 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Probably not the only one, but lots of folks know. They used to be fairly common pets, cute little fellas and quicker than a cat.

I've caught several, but always let them go. They are nocturnal so you usually don't see them.


arbe25
Member since Sep 2017
199 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I used to trap them and have them for pets. Pretty easy to tame. They would ride in my front pocket to school and stay all day. They are nocturnal, which is a problem when the cage is in your room.


257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
1600 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
My cat caught one. I’ve lived there 20 years and never seen them, otherwise. Old neighbor used to keep some in a big wire cage back home.


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Salmon
USA Fan
On the trails
Member since Feb 2008
64398 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
They are nocturnal, so most people don't see them.

If you know what they sound like though (a little squeak/whistle sound), you will recognize when they are around more often.



TexasTiger1984
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Sep 2009
1130 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I'm 34 years old and I wanted to bring the damn things home with me lol


VernonPLSUfan
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Leesville, La.
Member since Sep 2007
10810 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
My wife used to work for the Forest Service and they caught them regularly. They would nest in the artificial nests they had for the RCW's.


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Chuker
Tennessee Tech Fan
Cream & Juke Mines of Nars
Member since Nov 2015
5753 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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little squeak/whistle sound


Once you learn this sound you might be amazed at how many there are. Just walk around in some hardwood and listen for the sqweek or shine a flashlight into the trees looking for little reflective eyes.

I didn't know we had them for most of my childhood. Then someone pointed out the above and I was shocked at how many there are.

Cool as shite to see them "fly"(glide).


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Boat Motor Bandit
Member since Jun 2016
1432 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Once you hear one about dark you'll always know what they sound like. We use to make little one way traps and climb up in the trees and set the traps about 1 foot down a limb off the trunk. Pretty easy to catch. Im sure it was illegal but we sold them back in the day for $20 each.


TexasTiger1984
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Sep 2009
1130 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I just youtubed the sound they make, it's definitely a sound i've heard a million times. Just never thought about what was making it...


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Tegre
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Baton Rouge, La.
Member since Jan 2008
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
When I was about 14 my dad showed me how to make a trap to catch them and it worked. The first one I caught bit the crap out me when I took it out of my trap.I kept several for pets but they were hard to keep in a cage.Those suckers could squeeze through a really small opening.They would end up in my chest of drawers nesting in my clothes.


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arbe25
Member since Sep 2017
199 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Just about any little patch of woods will have them. I would build a little wooden trap and set it with a pecan. Placed about 8ft up on a limb and within a couple nights, i'd have a squirrel.


HouseofWaffles
Auburn Fan
Member since Nov 2014
3217 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Climb in a box before daylight that has a fee in it. They're a lot less cute then


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speckledawg
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
The only time I've seen them is once in the woods and have had a few get up under the porch of my old house during hurricanes/storms. It was pretty cool watching the one while hunting. The area I saw that one also had LOTS of chipmunks.


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MrCoachKlein
USA Fan
Member since Sep 2010
9823 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
quote:

"I'd rather have a daughter in a whore house than a son at Ole Miss"




Most of my buddies up there either farmed or guided hunts.

Anyway, in Oxford we had a nest of them that lived in our chimney (loud as hell) and would fly out every evening. Watching them glide down 20ft and stick to the trunk of a pecan tree was cool, we'd sit out there with an ice chest and pellet gun and take bets.

In-flight only. No Chimney shots. No tree shots.



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Reelscreamers
Member since Aug 2011
77 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Elementary and middle school we would catch he heck out of them, bring them to school in kitchen match boxes and would sell them. Was outside 2 nights ago and heard a whole bunch of them whistling back and forth in the subdivision.


Chris4x4gill2
Alabama Fan
North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2909 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
We have nest of them in the back yard. Every spring the cat catches/kills a few of them. We have saved several and taken to a wild animal rehab that released them after a few weeks.

I have video somewhere of the grown flying squirrel fighting with a woodpecker over the nest. The squirrel took over the cavity in the tree the woodpecker made.


Volt
LSU Fan
In the woods near Kentwood
Member since Nov 2009
2214 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Been in SE LA 28 yrs and didn’t know they were here until the cat killed three of them about a year ago. Hated that she did that.

Realized she did it at night and looked up that they were nocturnal.
Definitely going to find their sound on the internet.


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Teague
Alabama Fan
Huntsville, AL
Member since Aug 2007
16495 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I have a cute story about them.

When I was very young, my dad was coming home from work and saw a large branch that had fallen in the road. He noticed a nose duck back down inside a hole in it. So, he knew what was happening. He plugged the hole up and brought it home. Then he dumped a momma and several tiny babies out of it into an aquarium we had. We set the nest and babies up inside a coffee can.

I thought it was great. I was going to have some pet flying squirrels! The next morning, the momma was gone. She escaped out of whatever jerry-rigged lid we'd put on the aquarium. I don't remember how she got out of the house. Maybe we had windows open or something. Obviously there was no internet back then. I remember my mom trying to give them some kind of milk. And they all DIED within a day or two. The end.

But, I did always want one for a pet.


Chuker
Tennessee Tech Fan
Cream & Juke Mines of Nars
Member since Nov 2015
5753 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
what the frick??? thats not cute, thats horrifying.


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