Composition of Gray Squirrel Milk

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1972-01

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Milk was collected from eight female gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) and pooled for analysis, in an effort to determine the best substitute for gray squirrel milk for preweaned young squirrels. The sample, about 2 cc, contained 9.0 percent protein, 12.1 percent fat, 3.0 percent lactose, 1.3 percent ash, 0.36 percent calcium, and 0.45 percent phosphorus. This analysis is similar to that reported for two samples from single specimens. Infra-red spectroscopy was used for a portion of the analysis. This method provides a useful means of analyzing the small quantities (<0.5 ml) of milk obtainable from a variety of small mammals.

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Author Institution: Ohio Division of Wildlife, New Marshfield and Department of Food Science and Nutrition, The Ohio State University, Columbus

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The Ohio Journal of Science. v72 n1 (January, 1972), 3-6