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Southern Flying Squirrel

Overview

The flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is the most common squirrel in Ohio. Because they are nocturnal and seldom seen, most people don't recognize that they live with flying squirrels.

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Description

Flying squirrels are easily distinguished by a “gliding membrane,” which is a flap of loose skin that extends from wrist to ankle. When outstretched, this skin allows the squirrel to glide from tree to tree. The fur is an olive-brown color on the upperparts and white on the underparts.

Reproduction

Breeding takes place twice a year, once between April and May and again between August and September. After a gestation period of about 40 days, two to six young are born.

Habitat & Behavior

They prefer to live in woodlands or forests of deciduous or mixed deciduous-coniferous trees. Flying squirrels make their nests in the hollows of trees. They are omnivorous and typically eat nuts, seeds, fruits, moths, bark, mice, eggs, and insects.