Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Have you seen me?

I am a flying squirrel
As part of the BRFAL Basic Training Dr Todd Frederickson of Ferrum College checked some of the mammal traps he has for his environmental classes and found this Southern Flying Squirrel.

Southern flying squirrel,  Glaucomys volans, is abundant in this range (Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills) and thrive from Southeastern Canada all the way down to the eastern USA to Mexico and Honduras. They are sexually dimorphic, which means male and female appear alike from a distance (unlike a male Cardinal which is easily identifiable from a distance from a female). But as a kangaroo would appear from a distance. They are gliders, not really flyers.

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