Students make a bookmark to learn how a flying squirrel glides from one tree to another to escape an enemy.
Flying squirrels can’t really fly. Instead, they glide through the air for distances up to 150 feet (46 meters). Technically, they should be called gliding squirrels. When a flying squirrel leaps from a high branch of a tall tree, it spreads its four legs and stretches the skin flaps along the sides of its body. Once in the air, the squirrel uses its flat tail and legs to help it steer. When the squirrel approaches a tree to land, it raises its body and its tail. Its skin flaps then break its speed so the squirrel can slow down and grip the trunk with its sharp claws. Flying squirrels are found in forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. They are active mainly at night, when they search for nuts, seeds, and insects to eat.