Monday, November 19, 2007

New Puppy

This isn't entirely squirrel-related, but I got a new puppy 2 days ago. She's an AKC registered, pure-bred collie named Tasha. I will try my best to train her to love squirrels, and not in a culinary sense. I hope for her to be a very squirrel-friendly dog. As a herding breed, collies are known to get along very well with animals that would otherwise be considered prey.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Scalisti is 11

My first squirrel, Scalisti, turned 11 years old today. He is the oldest of my five flying squirrels. Though he is elderly, he still looks quite young, and he's healthy and active. He may even become a daddy again this coming spring... we'll see. His current mate, Orchid, is larger than him but younger.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sad News

It is with much grief that I post this. Simon, my chipmunk who I had for only four months, has passed away from an unknown illness. I will do everything I can to figure out exactly what happened in order to prevent it from happening to any of my other animals.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Top 10 Countries (Tree Squirrels Only)

Below is a video I made of the top 10 countries with the most tree squirrel species. Unlike the last video I showed, this one only addresses the basic non-gliding, tree-dwelling squirrel forms. Contains music, and there is a special message at the end.

If video doesn't work, click here: Top 10 Countries

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Flying Squirrel Breeding

My flying squirrels used to be able to breed, but they stopped a couple years ago and all the babies are long gone. I want to do everything I can to help them breed again, so that Scalisti (my oldest) can have a son as an heir before he passes away. Last year, I bought a larger cage and put vitamins in their water to see if that would work, but with no luck. That large cage is currently home to Sunda, and the flying squirrels have since moved back to their original medium-sized cage.

Since using that big cage didn't work, I am using a different method. If there are fewer flying squirrels per cage, breeding success may be increased. So, Scalisti and Orchid will be together in the medium cage, while Caramel, Nibbles and Rakita are in a smaller one. Hopefully this will allow Scalisti and Orchid to be like "hey, there's more room here now. So let's have babies!" They will also be given vitamins, including, and most importantly, extra calcium.

This is Orchid, my 9-year-old female and most experienced mother.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Selling the Pecans

I have buyers for the pecans now, and they will be shipped out soon to people feeding squirrels. There aren't usually any squirrels around where I live anyway, but that will hopefully change as I'm gradually altering the landscape of my backyard. In the mean time, I enjoy my 10 pet squirrels, who represent 5 species.