Flying Squirrel In Southern Maryland

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Today I was surprised to find a Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in my living room. I speculate that my cat had something to do with this. Lucky I was able to corral this cute little thing into a cereal box before relocating it outside for pictures and then to freedom.

Let’s take this opportunity for a closer look.FlyingSquirrelExtraSkinO

In this picture you can see how it has extra skin along its side. This skin is called a patagium and allows the squirrels to glide from tree to tree. They can’t really fly (like a bird) but it sort of looks like they are flying!FlyingSquirrelFeetNTailO

Check out their feet!

They can be found throughout Maryland. You can also find them throughout the eastern United States, southeastern Canada and parts of Central America.

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Flying squirrels are arboreal. This means that they spend most of their time in trees.

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FlyingSquirrelTailONotice their flat tail.

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