Humboldt’s Flying Squirrel Declared New Species

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Humboldt’s Flying Squirrel Declared New Species

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Humboldt’s flying squirrel has just been declared the third North American Flying Squirrel species and the 45th flying squirrel species on Earth. It was named after Alexander von Humboldt. Originally, Scientists thought that this  flying squirrel was a Northern Flying Squirrel.  The Scientists discovered differences over time such as darker eyes.

Named Glaucomys Oregonensis, this species has small, black, round eyes, and it is found in forest regions from British Columbia to Southern California, according to aweofnature.com.

The flying squirrel eats from a range of fungi and lichens and also eats fruit, insects, and bird eggs.

“This discovery changes our understanding of how these squirrels evolved and spread throughout the continent,” according to news.nationalgeographic.com.

Nesting sites usually occur near rivers and streams. When females have their young, they stay in their nests until they are ready to leave. Males then go off and share their nests with others.

“Flying squirrels make great escape artists, thanks to their superb gliding abilities. Once a flying squirrel lands on a tree trunk following a flight, they promptly scurry to the other side of the trunk to avoid any predators that may have followed them. Nevertheless, owls, hawks, tree snakes, and climbing mammals frequently manage to catch and consume these tiny rodents,” stated nwf.org.

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