Flying Squirrel

Is it a bird, Is it a plane, No it's a flying squirrel

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Animal: Flying Squirrel

Classification: Pteromyini

Species: (wooly flying squirrel- Most common) E. cinereus

Order: Rodentia

Relation: Squirrel

Habitat: Forest and woodland

Diet: Omnivore (nuts, berries, eggs)

Social Interactions: Solitary, Nocturnal/ Hunt during the night at opposite time of birds

Movement: Climbs, glides/ Jumps and glides from tree to tree in the forest

Interesting Facts

A flying squirrel does not actually fly, it jumps and then glides. The longest jump recorded from a flying squirrel is 90 meters or 968.75 feet. There are 50 different species of flying squirrels, but the largest species is the woolly flying squirrels. Most flying squirrels range from 8 to 12 inches in size and weigh less than a pound. They can usually fly about 15 mph. A flying squirrels main prey are cats, coyotes, and raccoons. A flying squirrel's prey does not stand a chance capturing it. A flying squirrel can easily fly away from any prey without wings. A flying squirrel's main predators are cats, coyotes, and raccoons. Birds though are worse than any of these. Flying squirrels hunt during the night so they won't cross path with any birds. Flying squirrels are very numerous and are not concerned on the endangered species list.