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Mid  -  hudson Valley: Flying Squirrels, the Rockys’ Of the Squirrel World

Do you remember the cartoon about a flying squirrel and a Moose? It was an old cartoon about a flying squirrel in the late 1950’s and the 1960’s? The Flying Squirrel was the brains of the two and the Moose was the brawn. Their evil nemesis was Boris and Natasha Russian spies. This cartoon had both social and political implications because the cold war was going on between two political and social ideologies that is, democracy and communism. The flying squirrel and Moose always won out because they were on the side of good. Well here are some facts on the real world flying squirrels.

Squirrels’ that fly are part of the squirrel species. Squirrels do not really fly per se; they actually glide between the trees, with the longest flights recorded up to approximately 300 feet. The maneuvering during the gliding changes when the squirrel moves their paws. Its fluffy tail stabilizes the flying squirrel when flying. The tail is as an adjustable airfoil, being utilized as a brake to land on trees trunks.

Wild flying squirrels have an average life expectancy of about 6 yrs., but in some cases flying squirrels can live as much as 15 yrs. in captivity. Living in the wild or their natural environment flying Squirrels are subject to prey in the hierarchy of the food chain. Young squirrels and adolescents are subject to high death rates as prey. The most infamous predators of these squirrels are snakes, raccoons, owls, hawks, and domesticated cats.

Flying squirrels are night creatures they will fly at night so they can avoid predators. Flying squirrels have been around are the longest existing of the species of squirrels. All the other species of squirrels around today have been created from the flying squirrel species. The southern flying squirrel crossed to the NA Continent over the Land Bridge from Siberia.

Flying squirrels have made it a science to hunt for food at night, because of they use their sense of smell to track prey. They hunt for fruits, nuts and bird eggs during their night hunting.

If a fox squirrel invades your property whether is your home or business it can become a nuisance, I recommend that you hire a humane professional animal removal company that provides squirrel removal to relocate the squirrel. Then have the animal removal company to perform proactive exclusion to keep them out in the future. Some companies like Wildlifebusters, Inc give you guarantee about their


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