Healthy Diet for Flying Squirrels

Special Dietary Notes for Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels can eat the regular Healthy Diet for Pet Squirrels--including blocks, vegetables, wild foods, and limited treats. However, flying squirrels need more protein than other species of squirrels.

You can add protein to your flyer's diet by including some of the items listed below on a daily basis:

  • acorn worms
  • chicken, fresh cooked, plain
  • chicken, dehydrated chips (make sure they are all natural; not made in China)
  • cicadas
  • crickets
  • eggs (hardboiled or scrambled)
  • grasshoppers
  • grubs
  • mealworms
  • moths
  • waxworms

Because of their small size, proper nutrition is even more critical for flyers than other species of squirrels. Flying squirrels are especially prone to dietary deficiencies such as metabolic bone disease (MBD) and it is much harder to treat in flyers. So it is best to prevent these problems by feeding a healthy diet, including lots of extra protein.

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