Flying Squirrels

Pteromyni

About the Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrels are diggers and live in woodlands which means they are closely related to Gophers and the simple Squirrel. Regardless of their name, Flying squirrels do not fly at all. These unusual squirrels move by gliding up to 295 feet at a time from tree to tree! Flying squirrels are omnivorous animals; their diet consist of bird eggs,nuts, berries, and seeds. The squirrels mate every spring and summer, and give birth to 2-7 babies at a time. Because of this, flying squirrels population is robust. These squirrels are very small and stubby causing them to be wanted by predators. Flying squirrels predators consist of cats, coyotes, and raccoons.

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Rodentia

Family: Sciurdae

Genus: Pteromyni

World's Weirdest - Flying Squirrel

Intresting Facts !

  • Flying Squirrels are nocturnal meaning they are active at night in order to prey off of the birds eggs while it is sleeping.
  • When first born, flying squirrels are blind and naked for a month and are able to "fly" when they are two months old
  • Flying squirrels grow to be about 8-12 inches and weigh no more than 6 ounces !
  • Once the squirrel is two months old and dependent, it lives a solitary lifestyle until about a years old when it is ready to mate.