Species Details

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Common Giant Flying Squirrel Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Petaurista petaurista
Family : Sciuridae
Order : Rodentia
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Red Giant Flying Squirrel
Habitat : Forest
Description : Red giant flying squirrels are one of the largest species of flying squirrels, with a head and body length ranging from 36 to 45 cm (14 to 18 inches) and a tail length of 44 to 60 cm (17 to 24 inches).

They can weigh between 1.1 and 1.8 kg (2.4 to 4.0 lb), with males typically larger than females.

The fur of red giant flying squirrels is typically reddish-brown on the upper parts, with a creamy-white or pale yellow underbelly. They have large, dark eyes and a bushy tail.
Like all flying squirrels, they have a thin, furry membrane of skin that extends from the wrists to the ankles, allowing them 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

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

The red 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:Christian Schwarz(www.inaturalist.org/people/qin_huang), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.