Southern Flying Squirrel
August 30, 2008
I would much rather photograph animals in their natural environment, but in cases like this little critter, it would be nearly impossible. Photographing these nocturnal animals would involve strobe lights and a motion sensor to catch them in flight, which are a bit out of my price range! When one of my parents' neighbors mentioned that she had two flying squirrels that she was rehabilitating, I jumped at the chance to get a photo. She called at 9:00 p.m. when they came out of their box into their cage and we went down to see them.
The flying membrane (called the patagium) is the white area between the front and hind legs, it stays "folded up" until the squirrel opens it out to glide from tree to tree. The wide, bushy tail is used like a rudder for maneuvering during a glide.
These cute little rodents can become a problem for homeowners if they take up residence in their attic!