Southern Flying Squirrel
Glaucomys volans


  • Head and body 5 ½ - 5 2/3 in; tail 3 ½ - 4 ½ in.
  • Weight 1 ¾ - 2 4/5 oz. (50-79 g)
  • Thick soft fur
  • Glossy olive-brown above, white to the skin below
  • Folded layer of loose skin along each side of body, from front leg to hind leg
  • Skull has 22 teeth

Woodlots and forests of deciduous or mixed deciduous-coniferous trees.

This and the Northern Flying squirrel are the only strictly nocturnal squirrels. They feed on a variety of seeds, nuts, insects, bird eggs and will eat meat if available. They make a nest in an old woodpecker hole, or build outside nest of leaves, twigs and bark.

A Field Guide to the Mammals Peterson Field Guide William H. Burt/Richard P. Grossenheider 3rd Edition Houghton Mifflin Co. 1980