Re: When do baby squirrels leave their mother?
Young squirrels stay with their mothers until they are about 4 months old, they don't go very far after that either. I feel that 4 months of age is the very youngest to release a squirrel. That being said-even here in Florida (at least North and Central) leaves for nesting and food are not available enough to release. I have several release cages outside with this springs squirrels, but they will not be opened until spring. I will over winter my guys, feeding them until the spring leaves are out, even then I will continue to keep an eye on them and provide supplemental food. When I do open the release cages the squirrels will know the sights and sounds of the neighborhood and be able to forage and care for themselves. That is at least how it will happen here, expensive for me, safer for them-IMHO.
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Rescuing Fl squirrels since 1979
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