Flying Squirrel

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Flying Squirrel

Northern Flying SquirlCreated By: Sean Catarina

Habitiat and RangeThe range is southeastern Alaska, most of the forested regions of Canada, and in the U.S. extends into California and Nevada, along the Rocky Mountains to Arizona, the northern portions of the Great Lake states, and into the Northeast. The northern flying squirrel occurs throughout the Adirondacks, replacing the southern flying squirrel at higher elevations. Northern flying squirrels prefer coniferous and mixed forests, but they also live in deciduous forests. At lower elevations, both species may live in close proximity, but the duration of their coexistence, and the nature of their interactions such as potential competition for limited nesting cavities, is not well known. The nesting habits of the two species are similar except for the northern’s use of exposed nests which it builds in conifers or old bird’s nests, and inhibits chiefly in the summer.

NicheClearcutting and loss of snags probably have contributed to a decline in numbers. Large owls, especially spotted owls, catch flying squirrels as they glide from tree to tree. Also preyed upon by domestic cats, martens, fishers, bobcats, and long tailed weasels.

ThreatsHuman impacts far outweigh natural threats and include habitat destruction and fragmentation or other alterations associated with the clearing of forests, introduced exotic pests, recreational and residential development, and pollution (heavy metals and acid rain).


Because of Human's they could go Extinct

DietFlying squirrels are omnivores. They eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fungi, fruit, and insects. Southern flying squirrels are considered to be one of the most carnivorous squirrels, because they supplement their diet with eggs, birds, and carrion.