NEVER give food or fluids to any animal without first consulting a wildlife rehabilitation center. Food and water can cause severe illness, even death for an already distressed animal.
If it is not feathered or doesn’t move around well, place it in a box with a towel in the bottom and call the nearest rehabilitation center or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to find the nearest rehabilitation center.
If it is injured, place it in a box and immediately call the nearest rehabilitation center or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to find the nearest rehabilitation center find your closest wildlife rehabilitator here
If it is hopping and has most of its feathers, watch from a hiding place (inside) for an hour or so. You should see mom or dad caring for it on the ground until it learns to fly. They may even appear to be swooping down on it. They are chastising it for doing something wrong or teaching it to hide from predators. This is perfectly normal.
Any other circumstance warrants a call to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center or the Department of Natural Resources.
If you find a baby mammal…
Do not touch the animal. Some mammals can carry rabies, and only a wildlife specialist should decide how to proceed.
Keep the animal in sight, and immediately call your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center or your state’s Department of Natural Resources to find the center nearest you.
Want help identifying a snake…
Visit the snakes of Georgia webpage from the University of Georgia herpetology program webpage for images of common snakes found in our region: