Friday, June 8, 2012

The Squirrel On My Game Cam

This could be a rare Petaurillus emiliae sighting (Lesser Pygmy Flying Squirrel)!

We have observed it eating fungi (Morels on pizza), fruits (grape fruit leather), bugs (an ant or two) and play dough (various colors)... although the latter was probably some omnivorous foraging substitute for slugs or some other hard to find food source.

It is possible that its claws and webbing have not yet grown long enough to assist with its youthful climbing and flying attempts.

The animal was observed combing dead trees and decaying logs in search of insects with little ability to harvest them. This appeared to cause some agitation for the young squirrel.

Its nest is an elaborate structure constructed by a previous inhabitant. It spends its time taking objects, placed in the nest by the mother, out into the field where they are stolen and torn apart by a wild canine.

It is an extremely active and inquisitive creature.

This squirrel 'pup' appears to always be accompanied by the 'doe' when leaving its nest. In fact, the mother has been observed tracking her adult young as far as the northern Idaho panhandle.

It showed no natural instinct to avoid predatory species such as owls, snakes or house cats.

In fact, its call sounded something like "here, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty".

This squirrel pup has found a favorite perch and pats its paws in a rhythmic call to signal its dominance at the site.

It appears to be practicing its 'flying' motions with the inclusion of some unknown oral steering mechanism.

The female of this species cares for its young until they are ready to leave the nest, so there will be additional observation opportunities until funding is no longer available for this ongoing study.

Watch this website for further studies into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, and ecology of this species.


  1. Wow... how much fun can a two year old have? The tongue pose proves he's my son, if ever there was any doubt.

  2. I can't believe it! As I looked at the photos it was just like looking at David at age 3. Yes, the tongue is a dead give-away! I especially love the look on his face in the 2nd photo! What a character!

  3. That's a squirrel nut zipper if I ever saw one!

  4. I agree with DJB. A squirrel nut zipper in it's early stage. The next growth stage he develops into a full blown squirrel nut zapper. Squirrel nut zappers love digging in the soil for worms and all kinds of insects. They don't mind a little bit chicken or guinea droppings smeared around on themselves either. Squirrel nut zappers have a lot of energy and spend most of their daylight hours happily racing from one great dirt location to the next. They are also attracted to mud puddles.

  5. Ah, yes... I think Pixar did a documentary on the Squirrel nut zapper called "Ice Age". He definately bears a strong resemblance to Scrat. More studies, more studies...