22 Photos Of Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrels That Are Beyond Adorable
Some say that perfection doesn't exist. But I have to be honest—after seeing this adorable little ball of fluff, I'm not sure if it's true anymore.
This cutie is called a Japanese dwarf flying squirrel and it sort of looks like a real-life Pokemon. These incredible-looking creatures are native to Japan, where they inhabit sub-alpine and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands. The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is quite small—its body is usually 6 to 8 inches long and it also has an adorable little tail that is 4 to 6 inches long.
Apparently, during the day, these creatures hide in a hole, usually in a coniferous tree, emerging at night to snack on some buds, leaves, bark, fruits, and seeds.
Bored Panda invites you to look at some of the most adorable photos capturing Japanese dwarf flying squirrels that were taken by nature and wildlife photographer Handa Natsumi.
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"Despite the common name, this unique squirrel doesn't fly. Instead, it glides with a membrane, stretching from its forelimbs to hind limbs and covered with fur. The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is known to glide long distances of up to 100 meters at a time, using this ability to move between trees or escape predators," writes Animalia.
Turns out, these adorable little creatures mate twice a year, usually from May to July. Their gestation period lasts about 4 weeks, yielding 2 to 3 offspring on average, sometimes up to 5 per litter.
According to Animalia, "newborn squirrels are nursed by their mother for the first 6 weeks of their lives. Females are known to be very attentive to their offspring, grooming and caring for the young. As it comes to males, there is no information whether they participate in parental care."