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These squirrels can glide as far as 80 meters through the air. A glide membrane extends from the back of the head, over the arms and legs, to the base of the tail. The tail is used for steering and stability while gliding. They are the only flying squirrels found in Europe. However, their German name is misleading, as their distribution range extends over large parts of Asia. As they are mainly nocturnal, they have particularly large eyes.


ClassificationOrder: rodentia; family: squirrels
DietBerries, nuts, leaves, buds, seeds
HabitatForests with birch, alder and pine trees
Reproduction2–3 offspring after a gestation period of 42–48 days

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitungskarte Europäisches Gleithörnchen