Southern Flying Squirrel resembles other squirrels except that it has
a hairy fold of skin connecting the front and hind legs. The
fur on its backside is dense, silky and brownish in color.
The underside is white or cream in color. Its eyes are large
and the tail is plume-shaped. Head and body length is 20-25
cm with a tail length of 8-12 cm.
is nocturnal, hiding all day in hollows or nests made in trees.
Flying squirrels feed on fruit, leaves, insects, eggs and
other small animals. It moves from tree to tree by gliding
up to 30 feet. It is solitary although there may be many individuals
occupying a particular area.
It is less active during winter months but it
does not formally hibernate. Mating
occurs in February-March with the female delivering 2-6 young
after a gestation period of 40 days.
occurs in temperate and subtemperate forests in Texas, Kansas,
and Minnesota (USA) to Nova Scotia (Canada) and E USA; montane
populations scattered from NW Mexico to Honduras.