5 Interesting Facts About Red and White Giant Flying Squirrels

Giant Flying Squirrel

Here is a photo of a red and white giant flying squirrel taken by one of my favourite wildlife photographers, Will Burrard-Lucas

Today I want to write about a cute, furry and very unique little animal, the red and white giant flying squirrel.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. The largest of the giant squirrels, these wonderful rodents can grow to over a metre long, if you include their very long tails.
  2. They are nocturnal, coming out at night to eat nuts, fruit, leaves, insects and insect larvae.
  3. Red and white giant flying squirrels live in dense forests and move from tree to tree by gliding.  They use a large flap of skin between their wrists and ankles to glide about 10-20 metres, although when gliding downhill, they can go much further. They use their flattened tail to steer as they go.
  4. They nest in high tree hollows and have a litter size of 1-2 young.
  5. Found in the mountainous forests of China and Taiwan, these beautiful animals are not considered endangered.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about red and white giant flying squirrels?

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One thought on “5 Interesting Facts About Red and White Giant Flying Squirrels

  1. We are a first grade class (and librarian) in America. We are about to start a class blog and looked at your blog as an example. We love your blog! Your animal facts are very interesting. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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