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Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:28:03 pm »
One of the squirrels I cleaned had a round bumps about 1/2" around on each hind leg next to the tail bone. Are they tumors or what?

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Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2007, 01:05:10 pm »
Sometimes squirrels get what we in WV used to call warbles.  This is the larva of the bot fly.  Sheep sometimes get infested with them.  BTW there is also a human bot fly in some tropical areas. 


It's an all-too-common call to offices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) this time of year."  There's a squirrel in my yard with lumps all over its body and it's jumping in the air, rolling on the ground and acting crazy. What's wrong with it," the typical caller asks.
Although squirrels might be acting a little, well, squirrelly this time of year, biologists say it's really nothing to get alarmed about.  " When people call they describe these unusual antics, as well as large lumps on the squirrel's body that appear to be cancerous tumors," said Stan Kirkland, the FWC's public information coordinator for the Northwest Region.  "The good news is the lumps are not malignant tumors.  In fact, they are caused by 'warbles,' which are Bot fly larvae growing just under the squirrel's skin." In fact, once the larvae emerge in the fall, the squirrel generally recovers without further incident.  However, while the insects are burrowed under the skin, they are a real annoyance to the squirrel. "In the Southeast United States, gray squirrels and other rodents, and rabbits, are commonly affected by Bot fly warbles.  Horses and cattle are sometimes affected by them too," Kirkland said.




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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 06:26:50 pm »
Thank you for the explanation. Doesn't sound like anything I'd want to cook up.

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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 01:48:55 pm »
ba_50:

 during the breeding season male squirrels have large knots in the location you indicated. i have read that these contain a waxy substance that has a strange purpose i will not go into.

 this is normal for all breeding male squirrels and i see them frequently in the months of jan. and feb. around me.

 warbles, wolves or bots(all the same thing) usually are found up on the back of a squirrel when i find them. i have found those on squirrels until about mid sept around here.

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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 10:15:47 am »
Yep, Squacks is right. Male squirrels get those when they are in the breeding mode. Here in KS I have seen them all times of the year. I think I used to get those knots back when I was around 18 years old or so.

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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2007, 09:34:00 pm »
I was thinking hemorrhoids...I hear those pecans are HUGE out there...
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Re: Big growths on each side of squirrels tail. Tumors?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007, 08:27:53 am »
It probably is due to mating because I noticed the squirrels breeding.