Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys volans (Linnaeus, 1758)  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Rodentia   >   Family Sciuridae   >   Genus Glaucomys   

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The Southern Flying Squirrel is found throughout Maryland, especially in wooded areas with lots of hardwoods. Because they are nocturnal, they are rarely detected; however, they may actually outnumber Eastern Gray Squirrels in parts of the state. They do not actually fly, of course, but glide by extending their legs and using loose flaps of skin as a sort of parachute. They steer in part by using their tails as rudders. As the weather cools, they will not hibernate, but roost communally with as many as 10 or 20 other flying squirrels.

There are 111 records in the project database.

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A Southern Flying Squirrel calling in Harford Co., Maryland (9/22/2015). - Matt Hafner.

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A Southern Flying Squirrel in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/26/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/16/2014). Photo by Lori Byrne. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/3/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Howard Co., Maryland (5/15/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/17/2011). Photo by Wendy Crowe. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/3/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Howard Co., Maryland (8/17/2010). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/8/2013). Photo by Mary B. Hollinger. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/2/2016). Photo by Jared Fisher. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Howard Co., Maryland (5/15/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Howard Co., Maryland (5/15/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Southern Flying Squirrels in Harford Co., Maryland (6/27/2017). Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Calvert Co., Maryland (5/11/2015). Photo by Andy Connelly. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/26/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/1/2014). Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Baby Southern Flying Squirrels in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (3/18/2018). Photo by Nancy Raginski. (MBP list)

A Southern Flying Squirrel accidentally caught in a Northern Saw-whet Owl net in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (10/26/2015). Photo by Maren Gimpel. (MBP list)


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