Can a squirrel really fly through the air like a bird, grab a nut and land with the grace of an eagle? You’re about to find out with these 16 super interesting facts about flying squirrels…
- Their big, cute eyes are actually so they can see in the dark.
- They’ve been seen gliding for 300 ft or more.
- As well as making breathtaking 18 degree turns with ease.
- 90% of them make their homes in Asia.
- Flying Squirrels only measure 12 inches from nose to tail.
- And weigh as little as 4 ounces.
- Their large, flat tails make the perfect midair rudders so they can change direction with ease.
- They’ve evolved thick paws which help them when it’s time to hit the brakes and land.
- They’re nocturnal, which explains why you don’t see them flying when you’re out walking the dog.
- Flying squirrels are omnivores who will eat anything from eggs and berries to nuts and small birds.
- They’re the only squirrel to create a hole in the nuts they eat — all other squirrels choose to break them open instead.
- Whilst they don’t hibernate, they do fly less in the winter to preserve energy.
- Scientists estimate they can gather up to 15,000 nuts a season.
- They breed fast with mating occurring in the spring and gestation taking less than 6 weeks.
- Females will give birth to anywhere from 2 to 7 newborns in one go.
- They will average 4 years in the wild but have lived for up to 15 years in captivity.
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