Japanese giant flying squirrel

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Japanese giant flying squirrel
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Petaurista
Species:
P. leucogenys
Binomial name
Petaurista leucogenys
Temminck, 1827

The Japanese giant flying squirrel is a species of flying squirrel.

Appearance[change | change source]

The body is 25–50 cm long. It weighs between 700 and 1500 grams. It has a brown skin.

Living areas[change | change source]

It lives in Japan in the forests on Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu islands.

Food and water[change | change source]

It feeds on fruits and seeds.

Reproduction[change | change source]

Its breeding time is from winter to early summer.

Threats[change | change source]

Cutting down trees and decrease its habitat.

Relationship with humans[change | change source]

The Japanese giant flying squirrel was hunted by human. Now, it keeps humans as pets.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y. (2008). "Petaurista leucogenys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 January 2009.