The Flying Squir . . . Possums?

I know people are going to bring up Rocky the flying squirrel, so I beat you to the punch.  I thought the same thing, so I was surprised when I ended up on flying possums.  There are flying squirrels, but there are 50 species.  These guys have only 10 varieties with 8 in Australia and 2 in New Guinea.

So, what are they?  It’s pretty simple.  These are possums, which means pouched mammals, who have partially fused digits on the second and third digit of their hind foot.  This is used along with a stretchy membrane to help them glide.  So, they’re not flying, so much as riding air currents like a paraglider.  Still, it’s more than humans can do without technology.

Gliding possums aren’t endangered, but a few species are listed as vulnerable due to habitat destruction.  Yet, their range is very big, so they are spread out.  The real problem is that they need dense trees to glide since they can’t travel far.  Without this, they have to use the ground and that’s where predators are lurking.  So, there are efforts to help and prevent them from going into the endangered level.

So, what about pictures?  Let’s start with the Australian species.  Hopefully these are right, but some species look very similar.

Feather Glider (Smallest gliding mammal)

Mahogany Glider (Threatened Species)

Squirrel Glider

Sugar Glider

Yellow-Bellied Glider (aka Fluffy Glider)

Southern Greater Glider

Central Greater Glider

Northern Greater Glider

New Guinea has:

Biak Glider

Northern Glider (No luck with a real picture)

Now for a fun video:

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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18 Responses to The Flying Squir . . . Possums?

  1. Pretty cool. We’re supposed to have flying squirrels here, but I’ve never seen one. I think they’re closer to the Canadian border than I am.

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  2. Those are so cute! Their little face stripes are dashing.


  3. So very cute, Charles. Thanks.


  4. V.M.Sang says:

    What cute little animals. But it’s a pity to keep them as pets. Thank you for sharing.


  5. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, children's author says:

    Our dad brought a possum into the house once! We did not like it. Nobody thought it was cute, but the pictures here look cute.


    • I’m guessing a regular American possum instead of these flying ones. They’re pretty rat-looking. Although, it is cool that they keep tick populations down and are resistant to rattlesnake venom. At least according to my son’s animal shows.


  6. They are so cute. Thanks, Charles! Have a good week! xx Michael


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