Southern Flying Squirrel

 

1998 WNC Nature Center

 
Easily distinguished from other squirrels by the loose fold of skin between the legs, which this species uses to glide form tree to tree.  Otherwise, looks like a small (8"-11") tree squirrel with grayish-brownish upperparts and white underneath.  The souther flying squirrel is found throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and in parts of Mexico.  It lives in heavy, deciduous timber, and tends to den in tree cavities.  They primarily feed on nuts, berries, and seeds but also take insects occassionally.  They are completely nocturnal.