Date:December 5, 2020

These Cute Japanese and Siberian Flying Squirrels

These flying squirrels don’t actually fly: they glide using a furry membrane or patagium between their front and rear legs. They are known to glide over 100 meters, either to escape a predator or just reach another tree.


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We can find them in Japan and in Europe, from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific coast, and fall under the category of Old World flying squirrels. They don’t hibernate, but in the winter, they sometimes sleep for several days at a time. Also, they prefer boreal, evergreen forests.

40 of 43 known species of flying squirrels are native to Asia. They naturally exist nowhere else on the planet. Flying squirrels, of various species, have inhabited various parts of Asia for around 160 million years. America also has its own flying squirrel. These cuddly critters are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

Primary foods include nuts, seeds, tree bark, fruits, and insects. And they hang upside down while eating. Also, they are nuts about nuts!

Their huge, soul staring eyes allow for excellent night vision.


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Masatsugu Ohashi

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