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Southern Flying Squirrel

American Flying Squirrel

Family: Sciuridae Picture of "Tinkerbell", a Southern Flying Squirrel"Tinkerbell"Glaucomys volansPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Kym Johnson
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I have a female southern flying squirrel, I would like to breed her at some point, please contact me by email if interested. shineshuman1976@gmail.com Ty  Valerie

   These intriguing little squirrels have a large fold of furred skin stretching from their forefeet to their hind feet which they spread out like a parachute and glide from tree branch to tree branch, thus their name "flying squirrel"!

   The Southern Flying Squirrel or American Flying Squirrel is the squirrel most commonly found available in the U.S. pet trade. They are the littlest of the squirrel species with only a 3-4 inch long body. Their tiny size, along with a natural tendency to want to rustle around or even snuggle up and sleep in your pocket, makes the Flying Squirrel a perfect "pocket pet".

   At first, Flying Squirrels are very shy when meeting new people. A young squirrel that has been raised in captivity or taken from its mother at weaning time will accept handling the easiest.

   Flying Squirrels are nocturnal so after sleeping all day, these little fellows will be very playful and full of energy from dusk to dawn. To keep their muscles strong they not only need places to play, but need a regular opportunity to glide. Putting your pet up on a high shelf and letting it glide back to you will be rewarding for both of you!

For more information about the care of Flying Squirrels see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Squirrel


Geographic Distribution
Glaucomys volans
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Sciuridae
  • Genus: Glaucomys
  • Species: volans
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Scientific name: Glaucomys volans

Background:    Southern Flying Squirrels are found mostly in the Eastern part of North America, inhabiting parts of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Description:
   Southern Flying Squirrels or American Flying Squirrels are just 7-8 inches long (with 4" of that being the tail), and they weigh just 3 ounces when fully grown.
   Flying Squirrels have a furred membrane of skin that stretches from their forefeet to their hind feet which allows them to glide from tree branch to tree branch, thus their name "flying squirrel",
   Their fur is silky and has soft dense undercoat. Their overall appearance of their fur is mostly rusty-brown or grayish-red, with a lightly colored underbelly. But upon close inspection the hair is a actually a mixture of several colors including gray, red, and beige, and there is a soft gray undercoat.
   They rest in the hollows of trees during the daytime, and will search the treetops for food after dark. Their natural foods consist of insects, birds' eggs, nuts and various kinds of fruits.
   They not only have 20 regular teeth, but like all rodents, they have sharp incisors that continually grow, and will need hard chews to keep them worn down.
   The female will produce a litter of three to six young twice a year.

Interesting Facts:    - The furred membrane of skin they can stretch out parachute like,enables
      them to glide for long distances through tall trees - sometimes up to160
      feet! They often make sharp turns just before landing.
   - Flying Squirrels are nocturnal, meaning that they sleep during the day and
      are active at night. This means they have to watch out for night predators,
      such as owls.
   - They live in very tall trees since their primary means of traveling is by
      gliding, and they are awkward on the ground. They don't have to worry
      about ground predators, but they do have to be wary of such animals as
      hawks.
   - With their natural instinct being to save up foods for the winter, they are very
      active hoarders. Make sure to check their nest regularly to discard any
      perishables!
   - Besides needing to chew regularly to keep their incisors trim, Flying
      Squirrels need extra calcium. Sterilized bones and pieces of deer antler
      work great for both these needs.

Dr. Jungle chuckles...."wow Tinkerbell sure livens up her new family's life!
Tinkerbell is a tree ornament!

"This was her first Christmas. My husband and I love her just like a daughter. She is so cute!
Tinkerbell loves to play on our curtains in the living room, coming down to play with us or see if we have something to eat!"

Tinkerbell is a Southern Flying Squirrel

Tinkerbell is a female Southern Flying Squirrel.

Tinkerbell, a Southern Flying Squirrel that has landed!

"One of her favorite foods is sugar snap peas. Of course she also loves cashews, pecans and whole un-shelled peanuts.
Tinkerbell has a ferret sized wheel in her cage which she runs in at night while we are asleep. Recently she likes to play this game in the living room where she climbs up high on the curtains and "flys" to me. We do this over and over again. She never gets tired!! When she gets bored she will climb inside my shirt and nip at me until I play with her. We just love her so much! My life would be so boring without her. I can't believe how lucky we are to have her."...Kym Johnson

Photos Courtesy: Kym Johnson

Author: Jasmine Brough
Lastest Animal Stories on Southern Flying Squirrel


Valerie - 2015-08-17
I have a female southern flying squirrel, I would like to breed her at some point, please contact me by email if interested. shineshuman1976@gmail.com Ty

  • valerie cousins - 2015-08-25
    I have a male southern flying squirrel. He's about a year old. Where are you located? I would really like to find him a permanent mate, but I didnt realize how hard they are to find. My guy was a rescue, his nest was cut out of a palm tree when he was a baby and he was the only surviver.
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rita paton - 2015-06-14
I'm looking for a female southern flying squirrel. I have 3 adults, 2 male, 1 female. I have 10+ year experience with them. I live in Inverness florida and will be willing to travel.

  • janet wright - 2015-07-24
    Contact me st 813 3914092 I have a female that I am looking for her a good home
  • Valerie - 2015-08-17
    I have a female, is this for breeding purposes.
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Linda - 2013-03-16
Sorry changing the subject....i have a flyer his name is Parker. Have had him since Dec 2012, was about 5 wks old eyes still shut. Came to my lake camp had him in his cage, went outside for just abit he was in my shirt, usually he stays right with me but he jumoed off and was gone! It was around 8:30 at night, i sat outside in my lawn chair, i could hear him squeek so i would call his name. Around 1:00am yes still sitting outside with aheavy heart, i was looking in the trees, I saw him glide throughthe trees...Just Beautiful!!!!! So i said alittle prayer if this is where he is suppose to be at least he is happy. Still outside 3:00am saw him again gliding from tree to tree. Finally at 4:30 I dozed off in my chair, then I heard him behind me in one of the pine trees..I walked over extended my arm said I was sleepy lets go to bed..........he came down from the tree about 20 ft jumped on my hand an ran down my shirt snuggled next to my side went to sleep!!!! I was so amazed!!!!! Just wanted to share my adventure with Parker the flying squirrel!

  • joanne - 2014-11-12
    That is a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing. It is so full of love, relationship and hope.
  • Carrie Dula - 2015-08-15
    Thank you so much for sharing Linda, I think that is one of the sweetest stories I've ever heard. He knew where he was supposed to be :)
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Ray - 2015-07-08
Hi everyone Im looking to buy one male flying squirrel. I'm from Long Island and willing to drive to the tri state area.

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Valerie - 2015-08-17
I have a female southern flying squirrel, I would like to breed her at some point, please contact me by email if interested. shineshuman1976@gmail.com Ty

  • valerie cousins - 2015-08-25
    I have a male southern flying squirrel. He's about a year old. Where are you located? I would really like to find him a permanent mate, but I didnt realize how hard they are to find. My guy was a rescue, his nest was cut out of a palm tree when he was a baby and he was the only surviver.
Reply
rita paton - 2015-06-14
I'm looking for a female southern flying squirrel. I have 3 adults, 2 male, 1 female. I have 10+ year experience with them. I live in Inverness florida and will be willing to travel.

  • janet wright - 2015-07-24
    Contact me st 813 3914092 I have a female that I am looking for her a good home
  • Valerie - 2015-08-17
    I have a female, is this for breeding purposes.
Reply
Ray - 2015-07-08
Hi everyone Im looking to buy one male flying squirrel. I'm from Long Island and willing to drive to the tri state area.

Reply
Brian Jaegers - 2015-06-26
Hi I'm searching for 1-2 female flying squirrels, 6-8 weeks old. I'm in Texas near houston, willing to pay for shipping if need be, I've searched everywhere. If you have them for sale please contact me 832-704-3828, or email @ brianjgrs@gmail.com thanks!

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