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flying squirrel

The term "flying" is somewhat misleading, since flying squirrels are actually gliders incapable of true flight. Steering is accomplished by adjusting tautness of the patagium, largely controlled by a small cartilaginous wrist bone. The tail acts as a stabilizer in flight, much like the tail of a kite, and as an adjunct airfoil when "braking" prior to landing on a tree trunk. Southern flying squirrels have been kept as pets since the US colonial era.

The flying squirrels, scientifically known as Pteromyini or Petauristini, are a tribe of squirrel (family Sciuridae). There are 43 species in this tribe, the largest of which is the woolly flying squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus). The 2 species of the genus Glaucomys (Glaucomys sabrinus and Glaucomys volans) are native to North America, and the Siberian flying squirrel is native to parts of northern Europe (Pteromys volans).

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  • Little Bit
    Little Bit

    Age: 5Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Sam
    Sam

    Age: 8Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Susie
    Susie

    Age: 8Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Joey
    Joey

    Age: 5Y Sex: M

    United States

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  • Hello I'm home
  • May I come out and play
  • Baby Joey on Susie's side
  • Susie & baby 'Joey'
  • Sam/Susie (Sam has the white spot on head)
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  • twiggz
    twiggz

    Age: 54 Sex: F

    North Hende..., IL

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