ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Northern Flying Squirrel

Glaucomys sabrinus

Order Rodentia
Family

Sciuridae

 

Northern Flying Squirrel in flight

Angie Spuc

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Length 27 cm Distribution of Flying Squirrel in Yukon
Weight 105 g
Lifespan 5-6 years
Habitat
Predators Owls, foxes, weasels, marten, lynx, wolves,

Conservation Status

Yukon S4S5 (Apparently Secure/Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate:  Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

Northern Flying Squirrels are nocturnal and unlike Red Squirrels, very sociable. Several adults may feed in a group, and nests are often located close together. With the loose skin that stretches from wrist to ankle, the squirrels glide for a distance as they fall, but they can’t actually fly. 

Diet

Tree lichens, fungi, insects, bird eggs, and fledgling birds, buds, leaves, seeds, and fruit.

Sights and sounds

sheep track

Flying squirrel in tree

USFWS   

Tracks

Hind:  3.8 x 1.3 cm

Signs

Flying squirrel in tree

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Sound

Peeping

 

 

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