Flying Squirrel – 9/7/21

Observer: Richard Kramer

Observation Date: 9/17/21

Observation Time: 10:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Beach St.

Common Name: Northern flying squirrel

Scientific Name: Glaucomys sabrinus

Comments:  Both northern and southern flying squirrels are found in Massachusetts. Northern flying squirrels are larger than southern flying squirrels.

Note the long tails in the photo. Flying squirrels don’t actually fly like a bird. They glide. Long tails help flying squirrels steer themselves when gliding. Flying squirrels are nocturnal. Their big eyes help them see at night.

More Information: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection