Flying Squirrels Night

May 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Come out to see me at the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game tonight! We will have a table set up near the main entrance of the Diamond from 6 to 7pm where you can meet one of Maymont’s resident flying squirrels and learn more about summer camps.

Did You Know?

  • The Southern flying squirrel can be found in almost every county in Virginia.
  • Southern flying squirrels weigh approximately 65 grams.  That is about the same weight as 12 quarters.
  • Baby flying squirrels are born without fur and their eyes are closed.  They start getting their fur in 7 days and open their eyes in 24 to 30 days.
  • Southern flying squirrels are very vocal with sharp chirps, chucks, squeals and snorts.  They even emit high frequency sounds that humans can’t hear without special equipment. 
  • Southern flying squirrels store food in tree cavities and near tree trunks to use in the winter.  A scientist studying flying squirrel behavior suggested that one squirrel, under the right conditions, could store 15,000 nuts in a season!

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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