What Does a Flying Squirrel Eat?
What does a flying squirrel eat? These fascinating animals can glide up to 18 meters in the air, so the question of what they eat is an important one. Flying squirrels eat a variety of foods, including nuts and insects. If you’ve ever seen a flying squirrel, you’ve probably noticed its remarkable mobility – they can jump from one branch to another! Whether they are eating insects or nutshells, this article will answer your burning questions about this amazing creature.
Flying squirrels eat a variety of foods
In their daily lives, flying squirrels will often be found in your backyard, so make sure that you keep food out of reach of them. These animals aren’t choosy eaters, but they will eat just about anything you put in front of them. They are particularly fond of plant buds and flowers, as well as other plant parts and bulbs. You should also consider leaving out your garbage can for them to use for their meals.
They can glide from a height of up to 18 meters
Scientists recently reported that flying squirrels can glide from a height of 18 meters. The animals can do so by varying their equivalent lift and drag coefficients. The squirrels experienced a high initial CL and a low end CL when entering the calibrated volume, but this increased gradually toward the end. During the last few meters of the glide, the animals had a low CL and a high end CL. Hence, they could balance these deficits by varying the area of their wings.
They eat insects
Some types of flying squirrels are carnivorous and feed on small rodents and birds. However, others are scavengers and hoarders and consume small mammals. The following are some things you should know about flying squirrels. While they love seeds, they are not their main food source. Flying squirrels also eat fungi, mushrooms and truffles, which they often raid bird feeders for.
They eat nuts
If you have ever wondered why flying squirrels eat nuts, you’re not alone. This species is not only a wonderful creature to watch but it’s also incredibly dietary. They can eat nearly any type of nut, including pine nuts, almonds, and cashews. And, of course, they will eat virtually anything you put in front of them, including your garbage. Luckily, we live in an age when this is no longer a problem, and we can start saving our food for them.
They eat fungi
If you have ever seen a flying squirrel, you’ve probably noticed the fungus’ characteristic smell. The odor is actually the result of mycorrhizal fungi growing in the soil. Flying squirrels also help spread the fungi’s spores by carrying them in their droppings. This is because the fungi produce a distinct odor when they die.
They eat small birds
Although flying squirrels are omnivores, their diets vary, but most consist of nuts, seeds, berries and fungi. In the winter, they feed on coniferous seeds and store them in the crevices of trees. They also eat birds, especially young birds and occasionally take part in nesting rituals. Despite their varied diets, flying squirrels eat a greater variety of animal foods than other rodents.
They eat meat scraps
Some types of flying squirrels are omnivorous, eating both fruits and vegetables, nuts, and acorns. In the Pacific Northwest, they also eat truffles. Other types of flying squirrels eat meat scraps and a variety of other plant and animal matter. Some are known to be scavengers, while others are hoarders. Whatever their favorite food is, the flying squirrel is likely to eat it.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.