It is well known that perfection does not exist, but after witnessing these cute flying squirrels, one’s viewpoint may alter, for this little and fluffy species truly exemplifies the beauty of the animal world in all of its glory.
The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is noted for its attractive looks, but they are so adorable that they resemble characters from the Pokémon cartoon series. This little species thrives in Japan’s subalpine and boreal evergreen woods on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu.
They have a wonderful tiny tail that is 10 to 15 cm long and a body that is normally 15 to 20 cm long.
They spend the day hidden in the holes they dig in the trees and emerge at night in quest of food.
Shoots, bark, leaves, fruits, and seeds are among the foods consumed by these little critters.
Handa Natsumi, a wildlife and environment photographer, has managed to capture multiple photographs of these squirrels in their natural habitat, which is fortunate for everyone. The greatest part is that she posts them to her social media accounts so that others may learn more about this species and others.
Dwarf squirrels build their nests in the hollow of tree trunks, which they do frequently in coniferous trees.
Their mating season is twice a year, generally in May and July, and their gestation duration is around four weeks. They normally have two to three pups every litter, with up to five puppies occasionally. The mother is in charge of the care.
For the first six weeks of life, the newborns are suckled by their mothers, and the females maintain a watchful check on their young.
Its back is known to be coated in gray-brown fur, and a portion of its belly is white, among its key physical qualities. They also feature big, protruding eyes that let them to observe everything around them, as well as a flattened tail.
They have a membrane that stretches from their forelimbs to their hindlimbs and is totally covered with skin, allowing them to glide through the air.
Although they are called flying squirrels, they do not actually fly; instead, they glide from one location to another utilizing their membrane.