Species Details


Hodgson’s Giant Flying Squirrel Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Petaurista magnificus
Family : Sciuridae
Order : Rodentia
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forest
Description : Hodgson's giant flying squirrel is one of the largest species of flying squirrels, with a head and body length ranging from 35 to 40 cm (14 to 16 inches) and a tail length of 50 to 60 cm (20 to 24 inches).

They can weigh between 1.2 and 1.4 kg (2.6 to 3.1 lb).

The fur of Hodgson's giant flying squirrel is generally brown or reddish-brown on the upper parts, with a creamy-white or pale yellow underbelly. The coloration can vary depending on the subspecies.

It has a thin, furry membrane of skin that extends from the wrists to the ankles, allowing it to glide through the air.

They are primarily herbivorous, feeding on a variety of fruits, nuts, and seeds, as well as insects and other small animals.

They are found in the temperate forests of the Himalayas, ranging from eastern Nepal through northeastern India, Bhutan, and into northern Myanmar.

They are arboreal and nocturnal, spending most of their time in trees and gliding from branch to branch in search of food or shelter.

Hodgson's giant flying squirrel is listed as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although habitat loss and fragmentation are potential threats to their survival.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:Wikipedia , iucnredlist.org; photo credit:中国鼠害控制研究者联盟 (www.inaturalist.org/people/naturalistokaokaokaoka), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.