Siberian Flying Squirrel

Pteromys volansThe Siberian flying squirrel is similar in appearance to a squirrel, but for a furry flap of skin, stretching between the front and rear legs which unfolds when the animal jumps, thus increasing the body surface area and enabling the gliding flight. The species glides off a treetop and down to a mid-trunk of a neighboring tree up to 40 meters away. It climbs trunks and branches well. It is a rare encounter in mixed tall-trunk forests with hollowed trees. The animal feeds on buds, coniferous shoots and berries, and is nocturnal. This flying squirrel is protected.

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