Breeders, specialty pet stores and individual pet owners sell exotic squirrel species such as sugar gliders and flying squirrels. Some individuals also keep native gray squirrels as pets. However, keeping a squirrel as a pet is illegal in most U.S. states, according to Scarrysquirrel.org.
It's important to know your state's ordinances before embarking on a search for a pet squirrel. Check with your area's Department of Natural Resources or Fish and Wildlife to learn if it is legal in your area. If your area permits squirrels to be kept as pets, specialty or exotic pet stores or breeders organizations may be able to locate a suitable animal for your household. Because squirrels aren't typically kept as pets, you should first learn about their behavior in domesticated settings before purchasing an animal, says Scarysquirrel.org.