A southern flying squirrel by Laszlo Ilyes

Where are they from?

Southern flying squirrels live in the eastern United States and parts of Mexico.

What do they eat?

They are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and meat. They will eat things like bird eggs and small insects, as well as nuts, seeds, berries, and fruit.

How do they act?

Flying squirrels are completely nocturnal, meaning they are active during the night and sleep during they day. Their dens are in trees, and they often have more than one.

Are they endangered?

Flying squirrels are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Mammal Moment

Despite their name, flying squirrels don’t actually fly. (But how cool would that be?!) They instead glide using the flaps of skin between their front and back legs. They can glide for up to 90 meters!


Do you wish you could glide like a flying squirrel?