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Love & Cute | February 12, 2022 3:09 PM | hangbony

Japanese Flying Squirrel Is Possibly One Of The Cutest Animals In The World

Have you ever seen these nice, small animals of fur? These are known as the Japanese flying squirrels, a little mammal that is capable of moving from branch to branch, because of their furry membrane (patagium) between the front and back legs.

While these beautiful beasts do not fly, they can float 100 meters away. These outstanding skills help them to escape from any predators or to reach other trees relatively simply.

One of two Old World flying squirrel species is the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys momonga; Japanese:???????; Hepburn: Nihon momonga).

It is native to Japan’s Honshu and Kyushu islands, where it can be found in sub-alpine and boreal evergreen woods.

It reaches a maximum length of 20 cm (8 in) and possesses a membrane that connects its wrists and ankles, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. This squirrel spends the day hiding in a hole, generally in a coniferous tree, and emerges at night to eat buds, leaves, bark, fruits, and seeds.

This squirrel has no specific threats, has a large range, and is quite numerous, earning it the designation of “least-concern species” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is nocturnal and rests in tree holes throughout the day. Seeds, fruit, tree leaves, buds, and bark are among the foods it consumes. It uses its patagium, a gliding membrane, to leap from tree to tree. The patagium functions as a wingsuit, allowing it to glide and navigate in the air.

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