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DW: Sugar Gliders Compered to Flying Squirrels

Sugar gliders and flying squirrels look alike and live a similar life style.  My family and I discovered a creature in the attic.  We narrowed it down to two animals, a sugar glider and a flying squirrel.  Using observation and information at hand, we discovered it ate nuts and formed a theory of which animal it was.

Sugar Gliders compared to Flying SquirrelsSugar gliders are marsupials.  They are native to Australia and Indonesia.  Sugar gliders are rare because people will cut down trees, and destroy sugar gliders habitat.  Since sugar gliders live in cavities in the trees, the cut down trees will leave the sugar glider falling to their doom.  For these reasons, it is illegal to even to touch or get to close to a sugar glider in Australia.  Sugar gliders feed on insects and fruits.  Sugar gliders also eat sap, nectar, or anything else sweet.  Export or breeding of sugar gliders is illegal, but people export them illegally.  Now people in the United States are breeding them, and sugar gliders have  become popular pets.

Flying squirrels are found all over the North American Continent.  Flying squirrels are common, but are not see because they are nocturnal.  They make nests in birdhouses, tree cavities, high-up holes, abandoned buildings, and attics.  Flying squirrels feed on nuts, fruit, sap, bark, seeds, and insects.  There are many predators to flying squirrels such as: owls, cats, raccoons, snakes, and fishers. Flying squirrels are often pets.

Both flying squirrels and sugar gliders are similar in size.  If you held both a sugar glider and a flying squirrel together they would fit into you hand.  With eyes to big for their body it makes them look super cute.  These eyes help them see in the dark.  The both have a flap of skin and a flat tail to help them fly.  The flap of skin is called the patagium, and stretches the front wrist to the back wrist.  They both have extremely soft fur.  Their tail not only help the fly, but adds to it’s cuteness.

Although sugar gliders and flying squirrels have a lot in common, they also are different in many ways.  For starters sugar gliders are marsupials, flying squirrels are squirrels.  They both live on opposite sides of the earth.  The facial markings are different, sugar gliders have a stripe down their face ending on their back.  Also their ears are pointy, like elves.  The foods they eat are different than the other.

You might have guessed, we thought it was a flying squirrel.  The flying squirrel is now released and back into the wild.  So it was a happy ending, because we learned about something, the squirrel learned something (never go into an attic.) And we had an experience we would never forget.



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