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Flying Squirrel


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Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel
The flying squirrel is a medium-sized rodent, closely related to the squirrels found in woodlands and across grasslands around the world. Flying squirrels tend to be slightly larger in size than the common squirrel.

Despite the name, flying squirrels cannot actually fly, although they can be airborne for a remarkable length of time. Instead of flying, flying squirrels move through the air by gliding (normally between the trees), with the longest recorded glide of a flying squirrel being nearly 90 meters.

Flying squirrels have a furry, stretchy membrane that stretches between their front and back legs. When the flying squirrel needs to get away quickly, it opens it's arms and legs out and uses the membrane like a parachute. Flying squirrels also have large eyes, and stubby flattened tails.

There are nearly 50 different species of flying squirrel found in forests around the world. Flying squirrels range in size and colour depending on the species of flying squirrel. The largest species of flying squirrel is the Woolly flying squirrel, which is found in Pakistan and the smallest flying squirrel species is the pygmy flying squirrel, found in the jungles of Borneo and Malaysia.

Flying squirrels are omnivorous animals meaning that their diet is based on both plant and animal matter. The flying squirrel is a nocturnal animal, so it forages for food under the cover of night as flying squirrels are not able to easily escape the birds of prey that hunt during the day. Flying squirrels eat nuts, seeds, fruits, berries, insects and bird eggs.

Due to their small size, flying squirrels have numerous natural predators wherever they live in the world. Domestic cats, raccoons, snakes, birds of prey, foxes dogs and coyotes are all primary predators of the flying squirrel.

Flying squirrels are known to breed twice a year, in the early spring and again in the summer. After a gestation period of roughly 40 days, the female flying squirrel gives birth to between 2 and 7 baby flying squirrels, which are blind and naked when they are born. The baby flying squirrels develop fur and open their eyes when they are about a month old. The young flying squirrels begin to glide and forage with their mother when they are roughly 2 months old.


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nicolas

"Squirrels can fly now"

bill f

"Encountered flying Squirrels during the daytime and they fly from branch to branch to get away very fast "

Jamey

"Nice facts I learned a bunch of Latin names for my science report on mammals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Flying Squirrel Translations

Catalan Català
Esquirol volador
 
German Deutsch
Gleithörnchen
 
English English
Flying squirrel
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Flugsciuro
 
Spanish Español
Pteromyini
 
French Français
Pteromyinae
 
Hungarian Magyar
Repülő mókusok
 
Japanese 日本語
モモンガ
 
Dutch Nederlands
Vliegende eekhoorns
 
Polish Polski
Polatuchy
 
Portuguese Português
Esquilo-voador
 
Swedish Svenska
Flygekorrar
 
Chinese 中文
鼯鼠
 

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Flying Squirrel Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Sciuridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Pteromyini
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Pteromyini
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
20cm - 30cm (8in - 12in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
56g - 175g (2oz - 6oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
24km/h (15mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
5 - 8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Brown, Grey, White, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Nuts
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest and woodland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
4
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Nuts, Berries, Eggs
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Cats. Coyote, Raccoon
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Small body size and furry glide membrane

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