10 Species of Flying Squirrels Found in The Indian-Subcontinent

The Flying squirrel are also the member of family Sciuridae, Not capable of flight but able to glide from one big tree to another using the parachute-like fur. They are arboreal, nocturnal and omnivorous eating fruit and seeds. Here is the list of small and giant species of flying squirrel of India.

Travancore Flying Squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus)

Travancore flying squirrel is one of the small species of flying squirrel found in South India, thought to be extinct from India but again found in Kerala after 100 years of gap.

Namdapha Flying Squirrel

The Namdapha flying squirrel is nocturnal and endemic to Arunachal Pradesh, Critically endangered animal of India and due to habitat destruction, listed among the 25 most wanted lost species in the world.

Red Giant Flying Squirrel


The red giant flying squirrel found in trees from the Indian Himalayas to Southeast Asia, In wide variety of forest and plantations. This species of rodent is also one of the largest arboreal squirrel found in the world.

Indian Giant Flying Squirrel

Indian Giant Flying Squirrels

Indian giant flying squirrel is another species of flying squirrel found in India, capable of gliding from trees to tress and a nocturnal wild animal and arboreal, mainly frugivorous.

Spotted Giant Flying Squirrel

The Spotted giant flying squirrel is a lesser known species of rodent that only found in altitudes mountain from India to Southeast Asia. Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh in India subspecies are light orange-brown in color while other subspecies are reddish-brown.

Woolly Flying Squirrel

Woolly flying squirrel is an endangered species of squirrel, listed among the longest members of Sciuridae family. The biggest gliding animal thought to extinct but again found in Kashmir and Sikkim.

Kashmir Flying Squirrel (Eoglaucomys fimbriatus)

Kashmir flying squirrel is a small species that is only restricted to Kashmir in India and threatened by habitat loss. The Afghan flying squirrel is considered a subspecies of Kashmir flying squirrel.

Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel

The Bhutan giant flying squirrel is one of the largest flying squirrels, lives in Himalayan forest of India and restricted to a narrow range within Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Particolored Flying Squirrel

The Particolored flying squirrel is a lesser known species of rodent threatened by habitat loss and found in tropical dry forest of Bhutan, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Cambodia.

Mishmi Giant Flying Squirrel

Mishmi giant flying squirrel found high in the Himalayan altitude forest, At the tip of the Mishmi Hills of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The Mishmi squirrel are large to very large flying rodent and mostly nocturnal.

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