Flying Squirrel

Glaucomys spp

Two species of flying squirrels occur in Maine - the Northern Flying Squirrel and Southern Flying Squirrel.

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Found statewide in mixed woodlands with shrubby thickets, where they nest in hollow trees and bird houses.

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This omnivore eats acorns, nuts, seeds, lichen, sap, and occasionally bird eggs and insects; visits bird feeders.

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Distinctive Characteristics

The flying squirrel doesn’t fly, but glides from trees on large skin flaps on its sides.

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Strictly nocturnal.

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Seasonal Changes

They are active year-round but seldom seen in winter, at which time they form social groups called "huddles" to keep warm.

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Reproduction & Family Structure

Two to five young are born in May in a tree cavity nest.

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Living with Wildlife

How to Prevent or Resolve Conflicts with Squirrels

While many people enjoy the presence of squirrels and the opportunity to observe their behavior, they can become an issue if they take residence inside your home’s attic or other locations. And are known to enjoy feeders intended for birds.

Learn more about how to prevent or resolve conflicts with squirrels

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