Despite their name, flying squirrels are not capable of traditional flight. Instead, they are able to glide between trees using what's known as a "patagium," which is a parachute-like membrane. They are found all over the world, most commonly in forests and woodlands.
Scientists aren't actually sure why flying squirrels evolvedwith their unique adaptation. The most common theory is thatgliding between trees when foraging for food is much more energyefficient than running and climbing. Another popular theory is thatflying squirrels use their ability to glide as a defense mechanismto evade potential predators. Perhaps this figurine can help youdiscover why these amazing animals have such a remarkableadaptation!