The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel, also identified as Pteromys momonga, is one of the two species of flying squirrels belonging to the genus Pteromys. These little furballs are native to Japan, and they live in subalpine forests and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands. There’s a furred membrane (patagium) between these animals’ front and back legs, which enables them to hover from branch to branch.
These adorable creatures grow to a length of 8 inches (20 cm). They can glide a maximum distance of 100 meters through the air, thanks to the patagium. This significant ability helps them move from one place to another and allows them to escape from potential dangers.
The Japanese dwarf squirrel is nocturnal and usually feeds on tree leaves, buds, fruits, etc. Cavities of trees and cross-points between branches of tree trunks serve as ideal places for the nests of these squirrels. The individuals of this species usually live in groups on a single tree. However, a mating nest is commonly shared by one breeding pair.
Many details about the mating habits of this species are yet to be discovered. However, they usually mate twice a year, between May and July. Their average period of gestation is four weeks. There are 2-3 pups in a litter in most cases, but there are rare occasions with a single litter having five pups. The development pattern of Japanese flying squirrels is similar to that of other flying squirrels.
The exact population trend and the number of mature individuals of this species are still unknown. However, Japanese flying squirrels live in several protected areas, and the IUCN detected no major threats to this species.
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