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Flying animals that aren't birds

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FLYING SQUIRREL: Flying squirrels, though they are unable to maintain sustained flight, can glide through the air for nearly 300 feet. Flying squirrels change direction and glide through the air with their arms and legs, which changes the tautness of a parachute-like membrane that extends over its body called a patagium. Their furry tail stabilizes them in flight and helps to slow the animal down before it lands. Here a Northern flying squirrel glides through the night.

PHOTO: Newscom

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