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Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel

Petaurista alborufus

Description:

The largest species of giant squirrel over 1m (3') from head to tail with piercing blue eyes! Check out the short video clip of it gliding through the forest. This species inhabits dense montane forest, limestone cliffs and conifer forests. They are nocturnal and nest in high tree hollows.

Habitat:

This species is found in China in the provinces of Shaanxi, Hunan (CSIS 2008), Guangxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Hubei, Guizhou, and Yunnan, and including Taiwan (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations ranging from 800-3,500 m asl, most often from 2,000-3,000 m. This species inhabits dense montane forest, limestone cliffs and conifer forests. They are nocturnal and nest in high tree hollows.

Notes:

I spotted this is Foping Reserve. The trackers knew were to find them and we hiked to a valley with tall trees that they nested in. They are a nocturnal species and in order to see them during the day, the trackers would make a bit of noise on the tree to try and get the squirrel to come out and investigate. It worked! I was lucky enough to see 3 of them and even got to see them fly. I've added my footage of them flying. They were very hard to film as I never knew when the would fly. I was lucky enough to film them flying twice during midflight. I've combined my 3 videos into one with the first one played in slow motion as well to really get a good look at how they glide.

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229 Comments (1–25)

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke a month ago

That thing is so cute! I want one!

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

Thanks again stacey.

staccyh
staccyh 3 months ago

Wow Dan, really awesome spot! Thanks for sharing the vid and the info. They have such blue eyes, amazing!

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

Thanks paulm.

paulm7714
paulm7714 3 months ago

Great Photo

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

Thanks patty. My guides found it by knocking on a tree at its base. Then this popped its head out of a hole high up in the tree. It's not very little though, it's 1m from head to tail.

patty
patty 3 months ago

It is little. How did you find it? It is very cute. It is incredible. It is wonderful. We love animals.

St. George´s School. Class Form II Yellow

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 5 months ago

No problem, dan. Oh. Cool! Oh.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 months ago

Thanks Hazel. There are flying squirrels in the US and Canada too. No, it can't actually fly but it can glide great distances. Bats are the only true flying mammal.

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 7 months ago

Nice spotting! I've never seen a flying squirrel... Can it actually fly?

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 months ago

Thanks Tassio.

TassioFranca
TassioFranca 8 months ago

very beautiful ... I did not know this kind

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 months ago

Thank you Karen.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 9 months ago

The video is cool! Thanks!

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 months ago

Thanks maximo.

maximo101
maximo101 10 months ago

beutiful

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 months ago

Thanks Rick and namitha!

namitha
namitha 10 months ago

Sweet spotting!

RickBohler
RickBohler 10 months ago

AWESOME!!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks Dixie!

Dixie
Dixie 11 months ago

Fantastic!

dandoucette
dandoucette a year ago

Thanks Stefania, CostaBoy and Micolo. I also want to thank everyone who commented and/or favorited this spotting to reach 300 favorites!

Micolo
Micolo a year ago

Brilliant vivid colours
Looks almost unreal

CostaBoyJack
CostaBoyJack a year ago

looks scared but in a cute way

dandoucette
dandoucette a year ago

Thanks lucasm and isaa.

陕西, Paracel Islands

Lat: 33.52, Long: 107.93

Spotted on Nov 26, 2011
Submitted on Mar 24, 2012

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