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Squirrels, cute little creatures or tree-rats?

  1. Origin profile image59
    Originposted 7 years ago

    Some people seem to really love squirrels, and others seem to view them as rats that live in the trees, that spread disease and sickness much like sewer rats.

    Do you like squirrels? Or do you view them as disease spreading rodents?

    big_smile

    1. Jerami profile image74
      Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Squirrels are cute little tree rats. You can teach them that it is safe to come up and eat out of your hand. Wasn't aware that they carried any diseases? 

      If times ever get tough enough; I know from my childhood that they make great stew and gravy.

    2. JulesGerome profile image60
      JulesGeromeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think they spread more diseases than humans. LOL

      1. rebekahELLE profile image89
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        probably very true!

        I have a number of them in my trees. they're kind of cute to watch scamper through the trees, over the screen to the roof to the front yard trees and back.

        1. JulesGerome profile image60
          JulesGeromeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I like all kind of animals. Even humans.

    3. profile image0
      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't care either way. so long as they leave my food and house alone. The whole "spreading sickness" is lame. What sickness do they spread? They ARE gross to have in your walls, but if they stay outside they dont bother me. I wouldnt say they are cute, but I can ignore them.

  2. myownworld profile image81
    myownworldposted 7 years ago

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IPZxrap1eb8/SZLelQZheGI/AAAAAAAAAd8/rYo_mVMW6DE/s1600/army_squirrel.jpg

    you mean these little guys???!

    1. Origin profile image59
      Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's more like it big_smile Uh huh..

  3. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 7 years ago

    I'd consider us more the disease-spreading parasites of the world before a lil' squirrel (or rat!). :]

    1. myownworld profile image81
      myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol... so true!

  4. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago

    I love squirrels, they taste great!  Yep, big rats with bushy tails.  Flying squirrels are fun to watch though!  A friend raised some once and they only get active at night.  I was surprised at the different color patterns of these fascinating creatures. 

    Down here we have fox squirrels.  These black, gray, red, and other colored animals are many times bigger than a gray or red squirrel.  I will try to take some photos of them for those unfamiliar with this species.  They are becoming very rare in some areas of Georgia.

  5. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/fashion/stylephile/squirrel2.jpg

    what's this about tree rats??

    1. Origin profile image59
      Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Haha good one smile

  6. Simple Tim profile image56
    Simple Timposted 7 years ago

    They are quite cute...I prefer the red tailed ones to the grey ones which seem to be more rodent like.

    1. Origin profile image59
      Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have an albino squirrel that runs around my neighborhood, pretty cool looking.

  7. Jerami profile image74
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    I had a dozen little gray squirrels I was feeding until a red tailed hawk started perching about 20 feet away from their feeder. Quit feeding the squirrels.  Goina start doing the corn again sinse I haven't seen the hawks for a couple a weeks.

       I've heard that the Fox squirrels chase the gray ones away??

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I've never witnessed a fox squirrel interacting with gray ones.  They both love pecans and raid our trees in the fall.  The males of both species (no red ones here) will sneak into the nests of young baby squirrels and castrate the males of the litter to keep them from competing with them in breeding season.  Still sound cute?

      1. Jerami profile image74
        Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Just their way of avoiding conflict in the days to come.
        Lets congregate that old fart for his wisdom????
           I do at least.

  8. Polly C profile image87
    Polly Cposted 7 years ago

    I think they are lovely, and there are lots around here. Though it is a shame the grey ones have threatened the native red ones with extinction here in Britain.

  9. Sage Williams profile image60
    Sage Williamsposted 7 years ago

    I absolutely adore them, they are wonderful creatures of nature.  While my daughter sees them quite differently.

  10. Greek One profile image77
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    i don't like them, but I can live with squirrels...

    it's these guys i hate...

    http://www.rubiconcoaching.ca/wp/wp-content/raccoon.jpg

    1. Jerami profile image74
      Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      A friend of mine found six of um in a storage shed; about six weeks old. He is raising them to sell as pets.
        Are ya sure you don't want a baby one??

      1. Greek One profile image77
        Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Living in Canada, I can probably round up a couple hundred of them in a day or so.

        Where does your friend live?  Maybe we can set up an export business

        1. Jerami profile image74
          Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          He is thinking being trained for a lap pet they will bring more than that.  For food yea about $25 should be about right.

            Farm goats taste like venison if ya clean them right.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            They parboil the coon and then cook them with assorted peppers, spices and onions. 

            Bar-be-cue goat is wonderful if prepared right.  Mmmm...gotta get a drool bucket!

      2. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Raccoons bring $25.00 a head down here in late fall and winter.  Some people I know eat one a week.  No raccoon problem here!

        1. Greek One profile image77
          Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          cougars up here fetch $100 per head

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Get them to eat the coons!

            1. Greek One profile image77
              Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              they just like young meat.. more of the human boy variety

        2. Jerami profile image74
          Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I remember eating raccoon as a child.  tasted kinda like rabbit if I remember correctly.  I bet seasoned right they would be tasty slow smoked over pecan wood, or hickory for that matter.

  11. Origin profile image59
    Originposted 7 years ago

    That reminds me of...

    http://www.myballard.com/images/possum_poster.jpg

    big_smile

    1. Greek One profile image77
      Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      what the hell is that?  a rat ? a possum?

      1. Origin profile image59
        Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        A possum I think

      2. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        A gray opossum will bite the heck out of you.  Filthy creatures!  They will live inside of a large dead animal while they consume the carcass.  People say they taste like pork and lots of them were consumed during "Hoover Days."

        1. Greek One profile image77
          Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          how did this forum become about my ex?

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Gray opossum not gray "cougar," Greek!

            1. Greek One profile image77
              Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              http://totallylookslike.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/avril-lavigne2.jpg

              1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
                SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                poor avril! I won't be able to look at her the same way again........smile  too bad the opossum didn't have a bow too.

                1. Greek One profile image77
                  Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  I got the bow in the divorce

  12. JulesGerome profile image60
    JulesGeromeposted 7 years ago

    lol

  13. K Partin profile image59
    K Partinposted 7 years ago

    I wrote a hub about a little squirrel friend of mine....they can be pretty darn intelligent, more then some humans I know! smile

  14. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    Eddie Izzard - adults only squirrel imitation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e_88G4TY_w

    "did I leave the gas on?"

  15. Jerami profile image74
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    Smoked a duck once; stuffed it with oranges cause that is all I had, Turned out pretty good.

    Smoked  A 5 lb. catfish stuffed with onions to take out the oily fishie taste was also great.

      With the Goat you just can't let any of the hair touch the meat while butchering it is all.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have always heard this said but I'm not sure this is true.  Old timers have said this but didn't give any indication why.  It's almost impossible to butcher a goat, deer, or any other animal with fur or hair, without some getting on the meat. 


      Do you know the reason?

      1. Jerami profile image74
        Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Cleaned quite a few of both back in the good old days.     With goats we always kept a water hose ready for rinsing off the hair. Didn't with deer.
        Tasted some bad tasting goat once that they said was because of not keeping the hair off it.  Don't really know what the diffrence between deer and goat hair ?????

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          We always use a water hose on any animal we process.  Deer are just goats who can jump higher and run faster, IMO!

          1. Jerami profile image74
            Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            When we butchered deer They were Butchered then washed and  covered in ice within 30 minutes. With Goats we kept hosing them down while shinning, then same process as with deer.. ????

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    Kathryn LJposted 7 years ago

    I tried some cajun squirrel crisps once.  They were quite boring.  We have squirrels that invade the house from time to time and something much larger called a gliss gliss.  It uses the mouse traps to curl its eyelashes.  I hide when I hear it.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2292490392_876b810130.jpg

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That is both funny and sad...

      1. lightning john profile image60
        lightning johnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That was a mama squirrel, bad soldiers!

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    LOL and sick, twisted? I know. Had to share it tho'.

  19. profile image0
    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    http://www.personal.psu.edu/dmd7/Yardlife/dead-squirrel-Ellie.jpg

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "It is funny, cuz squirrel is dead" from UP.....

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    If it ain't dead I am sure it is in severe pain. Poor thing.

  21. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Cute little creatures smile

    Deers are flowers eliminating monsters though big_smile

  22. Glimmer515 profile image82
    Glimmer515posted 7 years ago

    SUPER CUTE!!
    http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu118/littlemissrolltide/Squirrel.jpg

 
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