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Creator:
Audubon, John James  Search this
Language:
English
Type:
Prints
Place:
United States of America
Publication Place:
New York
Publication Date:
1854-1856
Book Title:
The quadrupeds of North America.
Caption:
Oregon Flying Squirrel.
Educational Notes:
This animal is called a flying squirrel. “Gliding squirrel” would be a more accurate name, though, because of the way this squirrel travels through the night sky. When it leaps into the air, the flying squirrel extends its legs and the fold of skin that stretches from its wrists to its ankles so that its body becomes a parachute! Using its flat tail—that can turn 180 degrees!—as a rudder to steer through air currents, the flying squirrel can then glide through the air. While other mammals glide in the air, the Northern Gliding Squirrel may be one of the best or, at least, one of the more daring ones! It can glide through the air for up to 150 feet. That’s like jumping from a 15-story building and landing safely on the ground!
Notes:
Illustration of the Oregon Flying Squirrel from John James Audubon’s The Quadrupeds of North America, 1854-1856.
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Biology  Search this
Northern Flying Squirrel  Search this
Mammals  Search this
Taxonomy:
Glaucomys sabrinus
Publisher:
V.G. Audubon
Image ID:
SIL-SIL33-085-05_crop
Catalog ID:
91942
Rights:
No Copyright - United States
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:silgoi_66580