There is a squirrel that likes to hang around my yard. I've caught him watching me several times. I would really like for us to become friends. I have peanuts, but should I use salted or non-salted? I'm a very patient person, and I have the time and sense of humor to do so. The squirrel in my yard is just an average gray squirrel. I'm sure it is a boy, and he is very cute. He doesn't seem very afraid of people either. But, he's not tame or anything. How do I get his attention? Where should I place the peanuts in the yard? How do I get him to become comfortable eating with me in the yard? How close should I place the peanuts to me? Should I try and feed him from my hand? Should I throw the nuts, or would this spook him? Would it be better if I crouched before tossing the nuts? How long will it take to befriend a squirrel? Do you think this will actually be possible to do? Do squirrels carry diseases? How brave are squirrels, usually? Is it okay if I have a dogs and cats, if I keep them inside?
My dad who used to live in Ohio had something like that happen to him. There was a squirrel that was always looking at him. This went on for days before my dad finally scooped up some peanut-butter and stuck it out at the squirrel. The squirrel licked it off his finger! The squirrel soon became my dad's friend. The squirrel would be there first thing in the morning to get some peanut butter!
I'm sure it's probably a matter of getting the squirrel used to your presence, but I personally feel it's a bad idea. While squirrels don't carry a lot of diseases that are dangerous to humans, they can have rabies (which has a long incubation period) and they carry fleas, ticks and mites which you could inadvertantly transfer to you or your pets.
If the squirrel were startled while you were feeding it and bit you, it could be bad for both of you since the squirrel could have been exposed to rabies.
Sometimes it's best to just enjoy wild animals from afar, regardless of how interesting or beautiful they are :)
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
The best nuts to give would still be in the shell. They enjoy the crackling of removing the shell. They can carry diseases. People have been bitten severely. I've had them run up my leg and their claws are needle-sharp and very long and go right through denim even though they aren't trying to hurt you. They tend to grab with their front paws to hold onto food and hand-feeding them a nut can cause them to grab and puncture your fingers with their claws by mistake. Just pick a spot in your yard or scatter some peanuts in the same general area every day. The squirrels usually spot them from above very easily. Be safe and enjoy them from afar like already suggested.
About 15 years ago, my husband and I used to live in San Antonio, TX, and at the Air Force Base was a golf course. The golf players used to feed the squirrels. The quirrels were very friendly and came up to the people and waited for their treat. It was fun watching.
Now we live in Tennessee and the squirrels come up to our bird feeder and eat. However they run away when they hear us come out. I watch them through our screen door. Squirrels are so cute.
I guess you have to get them used to you, like the other posters have written.
Its possible could also be a little risky -I would never feed them without work gloves on and long sleeves. How I did it awhile back When he came around my feeder I use to sit and watch him eat from about a 12 foot distance -then I would put one special (either peanut or walnut or dog biscut in the bird feeder -he soon learned it was me doing this because they watch you. it will take time to build its trust, alot of pererverance and patience on your part will help. while your watching him eat it keep talking to him say things like yum yum good stuff let him get accustomed to your voice. after a few days, move in a bit close keep this pattern up .finally they will stay on the same limb and watch you put it in about 2 feet away. I actually fed it around the same time each day to give it a schedual one day I didnt come out on time and the little stinker started to scratch on my door for a nut. I was then able to hand feed it . (and wow did he enjoy the nut roll at christmastime(its sooo cute to watch them lick each little finger to get the sticky stuff from the cookie off)( and that fruitcake that no-one usually cares for? Its pure heaven to them.I was always cautious and always wore gloves -Tame as it seemed you need to remember...A wild animal is a wild animal) instict will take over if it gets frightened or startled with the wrong move on your part. Be very carefull.
I learned in a crazy way that squirrels do not carry rabies. I was on a walk, 9 months preggo, when I saw a hurt squirrel, and like a fool, attempted to pick it up in hopes that I could help. It bit the snot out of me and since i was preggo and worried about rabies, I went to the ER. The nurses made some calls and found out that they indeed do not carry rabies. I was very glad. And now I know this odd tidbit of information.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
probably not carrying rabies in general but anything that is bit by something rabid surely will contract it. If any wild animal is acting a little odd or out in an unusual time of day for its species take caution anyway-not worth the risk and never pick an injured animal up with bare hands
well i have a squirrel for a pet so here is what i would do. squirrels like to know whats going on around them they like to know how the schedule is run especially if there is an intruder living with them such as yourself. he is only trying to find out if you would harm him or not and it sounds like this squirrel gets around alot. if you choose to feed the squirrel you would only give them unsalted peanuts, squirrles cannot have any sugar or salt it raises their blood pressure which can cause a heart attack. make sure the peanuts are in a shell squirrels love to crack them open. you should probably put the peanuts in a certain location in your yard away from you and you can be in the yard as well, you want the squirrel to not feel threatend by your presence. the more you feed him while your are around the more comfortable he will be, and because he is a wild squirrel i would not reccommend feeding him by hand or getting to close due to the fact they can carry diseases and fleas and so on. have fun and enjoy the squirrel they really are fun energetic and facinating little creatures. :)
i had a squrrel that came on to my porch that hung out there all the time i had to weigh about 5 pounds he needed a diet but i didnt care he was "nuts" for choclate covered cherries they are easy to make ur frien they are like strays feed them one and they keep coming back. just set something out for him and eventually hell let you come out side and toss him something
I recently went to Morro Bay, and the squirrels by Morro Rock ae NOT afraid of people AT ALL. I went there with my girlfriend and we sat on a bench overlooking the harbor. This squirrel kept trying to come up to me. If I wan't worried about diseases, I probably would have let it, but I had to keep backing away. The little stinker kept following me. We decided to leave. THey are freakin aggressive!!!!
I started last year befriending one of three little Grey Squirrels. He was the only one that came even close enough to take the nuts I had laid out, leading to my back door. I made a little two tone whistle that he would come running everyday when he heard it as he made the connection to food. A week later he was over at my back door eating the little pile of nuts I had left. I would kneel down on the step above and just softly speak to him and every now and then do the little whistle.
By doing this with him the other two watched and eventually got closer and closer but it was like he wouldn't allow them to get too close, like they were only his, he would chase them about at lightening speeds round the garden and even pinned the little female down biting her, why he won't share, I don't know?
My neighbours noticed I whistle and it seems they too now feed them, buggers stealing my wee pals lol.
I was wanting to hand feed my wee friend but was worried he may bite or scratch me as up close you get to see just how sharp his claws look but one day just thought ock to hell with it, I got a brazil nut held it out and said, if you want it you'll take it, he edged closer and I had expected him to take it by his little hand but he didn't, he put his head forward and took it with his mouth. Going by other peoples comments taking it by his mouth doesn't seem the norm, but I really don't know.
If anyone knows the answer to this and why he's reluctant to share I'd love to know.
About two months ago I finally decided to try and hand feed this tiny squirrel (which I discovered in my backyard earlier this year) because at this point it was familiar with me after all the failed attempts at leaving it nuts, only to have other bigger/more confident squirrels come snatch them up. It would come around almost as if it was expecting me.
I decided to make it aware of the nuts in my hand by tossing them up and down into my hand. Accompanied with a distinctive sound which i chose to use while offering it some treats it started to come closer to me, but would quickly scurry off when i'd bring my hand down low enough for it to try and grab the nut. So I decided just to drop the nuts by my legs and this seemed to give the squirrel more confidence to come closer. It would grab the nut and scurry off quickly, then come back again for more.
After about two weeks I guess it finally got comfortable enough to approach me, and with a little hesitation, it would grab the nuts from my fingertips and run off. Now it is comfortable enough to grab the nuts from my hands and stick very close to me..... at least until I make a sudden movement then all confidence goes out the window haha.
The other day I even went ahead and lured him in close enough then placed a nut on my thigh (was sitting on a patio chair) and the little thing hopped onto my shorts and grab the nut.
I know a lot of you are saying they carry fleas and can have rabies and what not, but I just love this little thing way too much now. It seems normal and friendly enough not to have rabies, but I am aware of the consequences. Would love to finally be able to pet it, maybe give it a little scratch behind the ears, but don't think i'll ever be that trusted =(
Michael - That is how it works with me as well. My new little squirrel friend takes the nuts from me with its mouth (rarely with its hands) but it'll do a cute thing by first balancing itself using its hands on my hands. It also closes its eyes while grabbing the nut with its mouth, almost as if it is thinking "oh god here goes nothing" and is bracing itself for possible capture XD
I have read online on how to befriend a squirrel. It said that you need to sit down, don't make rapid movements or noise, spread some bread or nuts on the ground and let the squirrel decide if you're safe or a threat. Be patient. Eventually, it'll probably realize accepting the tributes is a good idea. Then you can try offering it food on your outstretch hand. Remember at all times that you can look potentially terrifying, giving your horrifically large size and unknown motives. Hope this helps you befriend the squirrel in your yard.
while your watching him eat it keep talking to him say things like yum yum good stuff let him get accustomed to your voice. after a few days, move in a bit close keep this pattern up .finally they will stay on the same limb and watch you put it in about 2 feet away. I think what I love most about the game is the fact that it keeps it's basic gameplay elements that make it awesome through each of your games, no matter what settings you use etc... But at the same time is never exactly the same. There is always new layouts to try and different maps etc... Not to mention all the mods. Then uninstalling is an other plague. Same with Backups or move to an other platform. I hate it, when i must use junctions to get my savegames from some crazy hidden user folder into my games folder. Portable software can be so easy