Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrel

Range

The flying squirrel only ranges in North America

Habitat

The flying squirrel lives in forests and wooded areas, plenty of places for it to glide along branches. They prefer seed inhabited places.

Size

The flying squirrel is 8.3 - 10 inches in length including its tail. It only weights about 1.8 - 2.8 ounces.

Characteristics

The flying squirrel's coat is soft and silky pale olive brown. Their tail is grey with very dense hairs. Their eyes are large and black in color. The flying squirrel has wide flaps of skin extended down from the sides of its body from its arms to legs. This flap of skin helps them glide amongs branches for a longer period of time just like webbed feet help ducks paddle. Their fur is almost as soft and fluffy as a chinchilla's fur.

Behavior

Flying squirrels are nocturnal animals. They glide amongs branches of trees by extending the fold of skin of each side of its body and stretching them out to leap from brach to branch. Flying squirrels can glide more than 260 feet and move fast from tree to tree to escape from dangerous predators. In the day time, flying squirrels rest up in holes made by woodepeckers where they await their time to leave for the night. As many as 20 flying squirrels can live in one hole which increases the amount of heat to keep warm. Female flying squirrels are also very territorial during the summer.

Reproduction

The flying squirrel only has 1 - 6 young born twice a year after a gestation period of 40 days.

Lifespan

The flying squirrel lives 4 - 5 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live from 8 - 13 years with better care and treatment.

Diet

Flying squirrels feast upon a wide variety of food. They are nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, moths, June bugs, tree bark, eggs, and young pre-mature birds.

Predators

Flying squirrels have a huge amount of predators to feast upon them for such a little creature. They are owls, hawks, falcons, weasels, foxes and domestic cats.