How to feed snow squirrels
Snow squirrels can see their economic value from the outside in. Its fur can be used for pens and brushes, its meat can be eaten, and its hide can be used for fur. Most importantly, Snow Squirrel is very handsome, docile and well-behaved. Many people would like to keep it as a pet.
Morphological characteristics of snow squirrels
Snow squirrels also change their coat color in different seasons. As a squirrel, having a fluffy and long tail is essential. The limbs and fore and hind legs are longer, but the forelimbs are shorter than the hind legs.
Snow squirrels have well-developed pinnae that reach the eyes when folded forward. In winter, there are long black tufts of hair in the ears. The whole body is from the snout to the base of the tail.
The abdomen is from the back of the lower collar to the base of the tail, and the inside of the limbs are all white. The back and belly of the tail are brown-black, the base of the hair is gray, and the tip of the hair is brown-black. The muzzle, cheeks, and underside are the same color as the back, but are more bluish-gray, the ear shells are dark gray, and the winter coats have large black tufts.
Individual coat colors vary widely, such as blue-gray, gray, tan-gray, dark gray, and dark brown. Coat color varies from region to region, and is also affected by season, ranging from gray or taupe in winter to black or dark brown in summer.
Feeding knowledge of snow squirrels
Breeding snow squirrels need to pay attention to keep warm in the season when the weather turns cold, especially at night. If the temperature is too low, snow squirrels can easily catch a cold and get sick. Add more bedding to its nest before going to bed, remember to change it daily, and pay attention to ventilation during the day.
When raising snow squirrels in summer, you need to pay attention to heatstroke prevention and cooling during the day. Heatstroke caused by excessive temperatures can also be fatal to squirrels. It can keep the indoor air circulation, put a few bottles of cold water in the cage during the day, put a tile, etc., if he feels too hot, lie on it to cool down, these can prevent high temperature heatstroke.
Snow squirrels have no special requirements for food. The choice of food can be diversified, there is no need to be too single. Snow squirrels like other squirrels like nuts, such as walnuts, chestnuts, etc., to prevent the growth of rodent teeth, these foods should be fed regularly.
Snow squirrels generally feed on the seeds of legumes, but they also eat a lot of insects in nature, so it is best to feed them some animal food. If artificial feed is the main food, it should also be supplemented with foods such as apples. In summer and autumn, you can also feed some melon fruits, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, etc.
The feed for feeding snow squirrels includes mixed feed, roughage and green juice feed.
Mixed feed: generally composed of barley, wheat, corn, soybean and skin, etc., the content is barley or wheat 25%, corn 20%, bean cake 15%, soybean 10%, drum skin 20%, fish 6% meal, 3% Bone meal and 1% table salt.
Roughage: Mainly peanuts, sunflowers and walnuts.
Green juice feed: there are cabbage, carrots, rapeseed, mulberry leaves, and holly leaves.
The daily feeding amount of each snow squirrel is about 30 grams of mixed feed, 200 to 250 grams of roughage, and 150 to 200 grams of green juice and juicy feed. It is necessary to feed 3 times a day in the morning, at noon and in the evening, and there must be a fixed feeding point every day.