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The flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is a sociable, noisy rodent that doesn't really fly; it glides from trees, using a flap of loose skin that connects its front and hind legs It can glide up to 150 feet (46 m), steering with its tail. It lands on a tree trunk, gripping it with all four feet.

This squirrel is nocturnal (most active at night). It has a life span of about 5 years in the wild, and about 13 years in captivity. Flying squirrels live in deciduous forests in North America. The flying squirrel is an endangered species.

Anatomy: Flying squirrels have brown-gray fur, large eyes, and clawed feet. Northern flying squirrels are about 8 inches (20 cm) long (plus a 6 inch (15 cm) long tail. Southern flying squirrels are smaller and more aggressive than Northern flying squirrels. Baby flying squirrels are born in nests (usually in tree cavities) and are blind and hairless at birth.

Diet: Squirrels eat mostly plants, like seeds, nuts, leaves, maple sap, bulbs, bark, flowers, and roots. Less often, they eat insects, eggs, worms, eggs, small birds, and other small animals.

Predators: Flying Squirrels are hunted by weasels, foxes, hawks, and coyotes.

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