Flying Squirrel

No. 250229

by Safari Ltd
$10.99USD

Despite their name, flying squirrels are not capable of traditional flight. Instead, they are able to glide between trees using what’s known as a “patagium,” which is a parachute-like membrane. They are found all over the world, most commonly in forests and woodlands.

  • Scientific Name: Family Sciuridae
  • Characteristics: There are nearly fifty known species of flying squirrel found around the world. Can you determine which species this hand crafted and life-like model represents?
  • Size and Color: Most flying squirrels are brown with shades of tan, and their gliding membrane is often white. Standing 5 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide, this figurine is as tall as a soda can and a bit wider than the length of a dollar bill.
  • The Flying Squirrel is part of the Incredible Creatures® collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    Scientists aren’t actually sure why flying squirrels evolved with their unique adaptation. The most common theory is that gliding between trees when foraging for food is much more energy efficient than running and climbing. Another popular theory is that flying squirrels use their ability to glide as a defense mechanism to evade potential predators. Perhaps this figurine can help you discover why these amazing animals have such a remarkable adaptation!

    • Recommended Age: 18 months and up
    • Size in cm: 16.5 W x 12.5 H
    • Size in inches: 6.5 W x 4.92 H
    • Scale: 1:1.5
    • UPC: 095866250201
    Present Status Flying squirrels are very common in many areas of the world, but many people have never seen them. People often are unaware of their prevalence because flying squirrels are so small and are active only at night. In North America, two flying squirrel subspecies are listed as endangered because of the loss of their habitat. However, in most areas of the world, flying squirrel populations are stable.