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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Petaurus
Genus species:Petaurus norfolcensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:180-230 mm
Weight:190-300 g
Identification:The fur of the squirrel glider varies from blue to brown shades of gray. There is a dark dorsal stripe from the eyes to the mid-back, distinct facial markings, and cream-colored undersides.
Habitat:Dry forests, woodlands, rainforests
Diet:Omnivore: insects, acacia gum, sap, nectar, pollen, green seeds
Reproduction:The breeding season is during the months of June and July. Group nests are built in hollow trees. The female's two offspring remain in her pouch 70 days after birth.
A family group consists of one adult male and 1+ adult female(s) with young (up to ten members).
Behavior:The squirrel glider is very similar to the better-known sugar glider.
Status:May be endangered in southern range due to habitat loss
Interesting Facts:The tail makes up over 50 percent of the total length of the squirrel glider.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia Date:1970-11 Subjects:Squirrel glider
rodent
Petaurus
Petauridae
Gliders (Mammals)
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata