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Teague
Alabama Fan
Huntsville, AL
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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what the frick??? thats not cute, thats horrifying.


Well, yeah. I was pretty sad about it 37 years ago.

I think I read a book about someone having one as a pet some time after this story happened. I always wanted to get another young one (but not tiny) and raise it up. Like someone else mentioned, because they're nocturnal, most people don't know they're around. The neighbors when I was a kid had one living in a one of their bird houses for a while. I used to see them every once in a while when I was hunting. I've probably seen more while squirrel hunting with a hawk than any other way. Going around beating on hollow trees to flush squirrels for my bird runs one out every now and then.



AlxTgr
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Member since Oct 2003
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Hey, just saw a pic of a Harris's hawk in La. Has to be pretty rare.


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TheDrunkenTigah
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
14771 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
When I was 9 or 10 I caught a baby rabbit in the woods and decided I was going to raise it. Put it in an old chicken cage with some hay and a box outside. Went to check on it later that night and the rabbit had disappeared.

But, laying next to the rear leg of the cage is a rat snake with a lump about halfway down. I was taught early on what a non-venomous snake was but this particular one had fricked up. I was pissed, and grabbed a stick to avenge my rabbit's death. I proceed to whack the shite out of this rat snake a couple times and it goes to writhing. All the sudden it spits up a gray mass of fur, sure to be my rabbit.

The snake wiggles around a little bit and dies, so I start the post-mortum analysis. I poke the furry gray thing a couple times and discover it's got a long tail. My mom walks up about this time and informs me that it's a flying squirrel, and it looks like I got the wrong guy. So I learned in one night that circumstantial evidence can be misleading, that hog wire is not sufficient to hold a baby cottontail, and that there are flying squirrels in south MS. Also there's probably a family of rat snakes out there that's plotting my demise.


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tigerdup07
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
they used to be all over the place. hell.....in the 40's, if you didn't bring one to school and keep in your pocket, you weren't getting a girlfriend.


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Lonnie Utah
Citadel Fan
Utah!
Member since Jul 2012
5279 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Reminds me of my favorite joke of all time...

A guy walks into a bar. Now this just wasn't just any bar, it was one of those bars on the top floor of a skyscraper that rotated around. The guy walks up to the bar and the bartender and asks the guy, "Hey man, what would you like."

The guy replies, "Yeah, I'd like one of them flying squirrels."

The bartender responded, "No, no, no. I'm sorry sir, but we've had a lot of problems with that drink in this bar and I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to order something else."

Well, the patron didn't like that answer and got pretty indigent. "Look, that's my favorite drink in the whole world dadgummit, and there's no reason you can't make it for me."

He went on and on until the bartender final relented. "Ok, buddy. I'll make you a flying squirrel, but I'm not going to be responsible for the consequences."

So he mixed the drink up and handed it to the guy. He pounded it down in one big swig, shook his head a few times, shouted WOOO! ran around the bar 3 times and straight out the plate glass window!

Everyone in the bar looked on in amazement and the bar tender just stood there shaking his head.

About 3 mins later, the guy comes walking back in and says, "Hey, bartender, that was great! I think I'll have another!"

To which he replied, "Look buddy. I didn't want to make you the first one, but you showed your @$$. Please, just order something else."

Just like before the guy went off, "That's my favorite drink and I proved I could handle it. You'd better make me another one..." and on and on like that until the bartender gave in again. So he mixed him up another one.

"Look, I didn't want to make you the first one, and you got lucky with that. And I didn't want to make you this one, so what ever happens, I'm not responsible, OK?"

"Sure, whatever, just give me the drink" And again, like before, he drank it down, shook his head, WOOO! ran around the bar and out the plate glass window. Again, everyone there was shocked.

There was a guy sitting right there that had watched this whole thing go down. He looked at the bar tender and say, "He buddy, what's in one of those flying squirrels?"

The bar tender say, "A little of this and a little of that, but please don't ask me to make you one. I didn't want to make that guy one, but he was a jerk, so I did. You're drinking beer man, just stick with that. In fact, I'll buy you another one."

The guy said, "I dunno, any drink that will make a grown man fall 13 stories and come in and want to do it again, I think I've gotta try that."

The bartender said, "Ok, I'll make you one, but I won't be responsible for what happens."

So he mixes the drink and hands it to the guy. He drinks it down. Shakes his head. He shouts WOOOO! And just like before out the plate glass window. Down 13 stories. SMACK. Flat as a pancake on the pavement.

The bartender looks out the window and shakes his head.

He picks up the phone and dials. "911? Yeah, this is Chuck down at the Skyscraper bar. Yeah, got another one for ya. Yeah, flying squirrel. Yeah, Superman's down here messing with the drunks again...."


junkfunky
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I didn't find out until a couple weeks ago when the cat got a baby on the ground. Tried to get it well and release but it died.


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ForeverLSU02
Penn Fan
Albany
Member since Jun 2007
48559 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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Am I the only one who didn't know until recently that we have these in the wild down south?
they're all over the place by my house in Albany. We would find babies all the time when we were younger after a storm came through. My powpow has a tree that must have 10 of them in it. They come down at dusk at start feeding in his squirrel feeder.


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CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
tons where i hunt. got in the stand last year and had 8 in with me. freaked me out, i thought hey were rats scurrying.


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Bow dude72
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2017
660 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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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.


Same here.


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Chuker
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Member since Nov 2015
6143 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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Reminds me of my favorite joke of all time...



Can someone read this for me and tell me if its funny enough to invest the time?


AlxTgr
LSU Fan
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
62038 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
No, not really.


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Tigris
Clemson Fan
Fernando Poo
Member since Jul 2005
9462 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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The squirrel took over the cavity in the tree the woodpecker made.


I've had them take over a few bluebird next boxes. An ornithologist friend of mine told me that they eat the hell out of bird eggs and baby birds. He hates them.


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Tigris
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Fernando Poo
Member since Jul 2005
9462 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
"I have a cute story ... .... ... they all DIED within a day or two. The end."



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TimeOutdoors
Mississippi St. Fan
Depends on the day
Member since Sep 2014
4117 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Used to have one in my apartment. He would go crazy for a pecan. Cool little fellows.


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aTmTexas Dillo
LA-Lafayette Fan
East Texas Lake
Member since Sep 2018
178 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I live on a wooded lot on the shore of an east Texas lake. I put up several bluebird nesting boxes a couple years ago and now every one of them houses flying squirrels. In the summer it is not uncommon for them to stick their heads out of the entry holes when it gets hot in the evening. And I saw one get chased off a tree by a flicker during daylight hours. It jumped off the tree and glided to one of the bluebird boxes and was chased all the way by the woodpecker. I've also seen them glide by at night so yes I am aware there are flying squirrels in Texas.

And when I was a kid living in southwest Louisiana, I trapped a number of them out of a large oak tree in the back yard. After housing them in a large bird cage for a while, I released all of them.


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LSUfreak1459
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2008
823 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
Me and a buddy use to trap them. Had a little side hustle going in junior high until we got called into the office and were told we couldn’t sell at school anymore. We were also told we couldn’t bring ours anymore as well. So mine just stayed in my pocket all day. Loved that little guy.


Twenty 49
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
10709 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
One got in our house one night when I was a little kid. Awoke to sounds of my mother yelling and my dad swinging at it with a broom as it jumped among the Venetian blinds that covered the windows.

We used to run into them some when squirrel hunting with dogs. If the dogs treed on an old rotten trunk full of holes, it was a good chance it was flying squirrels.


tke_swamprat
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
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re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I had one in the box I hunted yesterday afternoon


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LSUfreak1459
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2008
823 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
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d. Awoke to sounds of my mother yelling and my dad swinging at it with a broom as it jumped among the Venetian blinds that covered the windows.


We had a cat and a doggie door big enough for our great Pyrenees to go in and out with. One night our cat decided to drag in a live egret. Woke up to it flopping and screaming in the bath tub. That was fun to try and get out the house.


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Shunface
Ole Miss Fan
Lafayette County Detention Center
Member since Jan 2013
2553 posts

re: Flying Squirrels in the South
I didn’t know we had them until my senior year of high school when the barn cat brought one up. Step-father thought it was dead. When he picked it up the little bugger but him and glided off.


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