The Ultimate Guide to Southern Flying Squirrel: Identification and Control

The Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is a small, arboreal mammal known for its remarkable gliding abilities. Native to the eastern and central parts of North America, this species belongs to the family Sciuridae, which includes squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. This page provides accurate information on identifying Southern Flying Squirrels and their Latin name and addresses frequently asked questions about their behavior, habitat, and conservation status.

Identification of Southern Flying Squirrel

  • Size: Southern Flying Squirrels are relatively small, measuring around 8-10 inches long, with their tails adding another 3-4 inches. They typically weigh between 2 and 3 ounces.
  • Appearance: These squirrels have large, round eyes and flattened tails that help them glide through the air. Their fur is soft and dense, ranging from gray to brown on their back, while their underparts are lighter.
  • Gliding Adaptations: Southern Flying Squirrels possess a patagium, a membrane of skin that extends from their wrists to their ankles, allowing them to glide effortlessly between trees.
Southern Flying Squirrel

Common Extermination Techniques of Southern Flying Squirrels

It is essential to approach wildlife management and removal ethically and humanely. Instead of extermination, it is recommended to contact professional wildlife control services specializing in humanely removing and relocating Southern Flying Squirrels. They employ strategies that prioritize the squirrels’ well-being and the environment.


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