Squirrels don’t have wings, but the flying squirrel seems to fly, though not like a bird. It just glides from tree to tree in search of food.
The flying squirrel has folds of skin between its front and back feet.
When it leaps into space from a high limb, the flying squirrel spreads its feet wide.
The parachute-like folds of skin connecting its feet stretch out and convert the flying squirrel into a tiny living glider. It can glide a downward angle as far as 125 feet.
Twisting and banking with the aid of its bushy tail, the flying squirrel guides itself to the trunk of another tree.
The flight ends as the squirrel lands upright on the tree to climb again for the next gliding leap.
Flying squirrels can be found living in the forests of North America, Asia and Europe.
During the day they sleep in nests hidden in tree hollows. They come out at night to hunt for berries, insects, and nuts. – Dick Rogers