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Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys Volans Name: Paige Entwistle Grade: 6 School: Fessenden Public School
Scientific Classification <ul><li>Kingdom: Animalia </li></ul><ul><li>Phylum: Chordata </li></ul><ul><li>Class: Mammalia <...
Habitat <ul><li>Eastern United States </li></ul><ul><li>Canada: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Appearance <ul><li>White Bellies </li></ul><ul><li>A loose flap of skin from wrist to ankle </li></ul><ul><li>Gray tail </...
Life Cycle <ul><li>Birth: hairless eyelids sealed; internal organs visible through skin; weight 3-6g; length 60 mm </li></...
Diet <ul><li>These animals are omnivorous </li></ul><ul><li>Nuts  </li></ul><ul><li>Seeds </li></ul><ul><li>Berries </li><...
Predators <ul><li>Owls </li></ul><ul><li>Martens </li></ul><ul><li>Fishers </li></ul><ul><li>Racoons </li></ul><ul><li>Coy...
How the Species contributes to the diversity of life <ul><li>Flying squirrels provide food for their predators </li></ul><...
How Humans impact their environment <ul><li>Cuts down the trees </li></ul><ul><li>Build cottages and homes where they live...
How humans can help this species survive <ul><li>Stop cutting down so many trees </li></ul><ul><li>Stem more forests </li>...
Interesting facts <ul><li>Flying squirrels are also known as “squirrel gliders”  because they can’t actually fly, they gli...
More Fun Facts! <ul><li>Flying squirrels are most active between dusk and dawn </li></ul><ul><li>House cats and horned owl...
References <ul><li>www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia of animals-Karen Mcghee, George Mckay </l...
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Paige entwistlie flying squirrel

  1. 1. Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys Volans Name: Paige Entwistle Grade: 6 School: Fessenden Public School
  2. 2. Scientific Classification <ul><li>Kingdom: Animalia </li></ul><ul><li>Phylum: Chordata </li></ul><ul><li>Class: Mammalia </li></ul><ul><li>Order: Rodentia </li></ul><ul><li>Family: Sciuridae </li></ul><ul><li>Genus: Glaucomys </li></ul><ul><li>Species: G.volans </li></ul><ul><li>Tribe: Pteromyini </li></ul>
  3. 3. Habitat <ul><li>Eastern United States </li></ul><ul><li>Canada: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario – Muskoka and the Ottawa Valley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parts of Quebec and Nova Scotia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forests: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carolinian deciduous forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardwood forests of oak, maple, beech, and hickory </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Appearance <ul><li>White Bellies </li></ul><ul><li>A loose flap of skin from wrist to ankle </li></ul><ul><li>Gray tail </li></ul><ul><li>Soft fur on back </li></ul><ul><li>Flattened tail </li></ul><ul><li>21 to 26 cm in length </li></ul><ul><li>Tail is 8-12 cm in length </li></ul>
  5. 5. Life Cycle <ul><li>Birth: hairless eyelids sealed; internal organs visible through skin; weight 3-6g; length 60 mm </li></ul><ul><li>Day 14: face and back fur turning brown, chin and chest develop with fur,; weight 10-15g; can right itself immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Day 21: responds to loud noises </li></ul><ul><li>Day 25-28: animal now fully furred; weight 25g, length 15 cm; eyes open; whiskers now 25 mm (1 inch) long </li></ul><ul><li>Day 37: first excursion outside of nest (usually a few seconds); can ascend tree trunks slowly </li></ul><ul><li>Day 50: glides up to 1.8 m (6 feet) </li></ul><ul><li>Day 84:Capable of independent survival </li></ul>
  6. 6. Diet <ul><li>These animals are omnivorous </li></ul><ul><li>Nuts </li></ul><ul><li>Seeds </li></ul><ul><li>Berries </li></ul><ul><li>Insects </li></ul><ul><li>Tree buds </li></ul><ul><li>Eggs </li></ul><ul><li>Nestlings </li></ul>
  7. 7. Predators <ul><li>Owls </li></ul><ul><li>Martens </li></ul><ul><li>Fishers </li></ul><ul><li>Racoons </li></ul><ul><li>Coyotes </li></ul><ul><li>House cats </li></ul><ul><li>Bobcats </li></ul><ul><li>Lynxes </li></ul><ul><li>Weasels </li></ul><ul><li>Arboreal snakes </li></ul><ul><li>Rattlesnakes </li></ul>
  8. 8. How the Species contributes to the diversity of life <ul><li>Flying squirrels provide food for their predators </li></ul><ul><li>Things the flying squirrel doesn’t eat turns into trees or plants for other animals </li></ul><ul><li>Also humans can use the plants and trees for shade, wood, oxygen, shelter and food </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Humans impact their environment <ul><li>Cuts down the trees </li></ul><ul><li>Build cottages and homes where they live </li></ul><ul><li>Builds farms </li></ul><ul><li>Some forests have been stemmed so flying squirrels can return </li></ul>
  10. 10. How humans can help this species survive <ul><li>Stop cutting down so many trees </li></ul><ul><li>Stem more forests </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t build anything in the forests they live in </li></ul>
  11. 11. Interesting facts <ul><li>Flying squirrels are also known as “squirrel gliders” because they can’t actually fly, they glide </li></ul><ul><li>When flying squirrels “fly” they us their tails as a rudder to steer themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on the takeoff height the flying squirrel can glide 50 metres or more </li></ul><ul><li>The flying squirrel is not a true squirrel but, like squirrels, they have breakaway tails </li></ul>
  12. 12. More Fun Facts! <ul><li>Flying squirrels are most active between dusk and dawn </li></ul><ul><li>House cats and horned owls are a flying squirrels biggest predator </li></ul><ul><li>Flying squirrels are not endangered and are at the least concern on the conservation status </li></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia of animals-Karen Mcghee, George Mckay </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Encyclopedia- The Firefly </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Encyclopedia-Dorling Kindersley </li></ul><ul><li>Animal the Definite Visual Guide- Smithsonian </li></ul><ul><li>www.wikipedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.flyingsquirrels.com </li></ul>
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