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Namdapha National Park, India

(Petaurista petaurista)

IUCN status : Least Concern

Red giant flying squirrels are found in northern South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Their average life Span 16 years. They can grow up to 42 cm in length and 1750 gm in weight. They have a membrane of skin between their legs and arms, which is used to glide between trees. They are good climbers and can glide for long distances up to 75 meters (250 ft) or greater. Their nocturnal behavior keeps them protected from the raptors living on top of the canopies. They live in nest holes which are usually located at least 10 meters above ground. Red giant flying squirrels do not hibernate but may migrate to areas with more food.

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