Flying squirrel Introduction
The Flying squirrel (tribe Pteromyini), any of more than 50 species of gliding squirrels. Three species are North American, two live in northern Eurasia, and all others are found in the temperate and tropical forests of India and other parts of Asia. Flying squirrels are known for soaring anywhere from 150 to 500 feet, sailing from tree to tree to avoid ground predators—but they actually glide rather than fly. Flying squirrels don’t have their own means of propulsion, like a bird or bat, but glide using a furry membrane called the patagium that connects at their wrists down to their ankles. When they leap from a tree and spread their limbs, this flap of loose skin forms a square and acts like a hang glider.
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Eurasia: Europe and Asia considered together as one continent. Eurasia is the largest continental area on Earth
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Mass:3.5 ounces to 5.5 pounds.
Length:From three inches to two feet.
Population Status:Least concern – critically endangered.
Current population trend:Varies.
Sexual maturity:11 months.
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Flying squirrels Fun Facts for Kids
- # 1. Flying squirrels can turn by lowering one arm, while a specialized piece of cartilage not found in other gliding mammals extends from the wrist to support the pagatium and help them steer.
- # 2. Flying squirrels are capable of making 180-degree turns in mid-air to evade flying predators like owls.
- # 3. Flying squirrels move their hands and feet in opposite directions also helps the squirrel direct their movements so they land safely on their strong, silent padded feet.
- # 4. The flying squirrels long, fluffy tails stabilize their flight and flipping those tails up helps them put on the brakes.
- # 5. The flying squirrel make their homes in in woodpecker holes, nests abandoned by birds, or tree cavities in forests, woodlands, and jungles.
# 1. Where does the Flying squirrels live?
# 2. What is the average lifespan of the Flying squirrel?
# 3. What is the population status of the Flying squirrel?
# 4. What is the average weight of the Flying squirrel?
# 5. Name two places Flying squirrels make there home?