Southern Flying Squirrel

(Glaucomys volans)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: Their fur is a silky gray on their back and white on their belly. They are called “flying squirrels” because of their extra flap of skin that extends from front leg to back leg and allows them to glide through the air. They weigh about 2.30 oz. and grow to be 8.35-10.12 inches in length.

DIET: Southern Flying Squirrels have a diet inclusive of a wide range of foods including nuts, acorns, seeds, berries, fruit, moths, june bugs, leaf buds, bark, eggs and young birds, young mice, insects carrion, and fungus.

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NOTES: Southern Flying Squirrels avoid predators by being nocturnal. They have excellent night vision and special whiskers to help feel their surroundings.

Photo Credits: uniprot.org