Red Giant Flying Squirrel Skull


The Red Giant Flying Squirrel is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae (squirrels). It is found in a wide variety of forest–types, plantations and more open habitats with scattered trees in Southeast Asia.


Red Giant Flying Squirrel Skull Replica measures 3.0 inches. Red Giant Flying Squirrel Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Red giant flying squirrel or Petaurista petaurista is a species of flying squirrel, found in northern South Asia, southern China and Southeast Asia. It is a dark red color with black extremities and can grow to a head-and-body length of 17 in.

The tail is long and provides stability when it glides between trees. It is nocturnal, feeding mainly on leaves, fruits, nuts, and occasionally insects.

The Red giant flying squirrel or Petaurista petaurista faces no particular threats apart from ongoing destruction of suitable habitat. It has a wide range and is relatively common.

The Red giant flying squirrel or Petaurista petaurista is native to Asia, its range extending from Afghanistan, into northern India and Pakistan through to Java, and Taiwan. It can also be found in parts of Borneo. This species was recorded in Peninsular Malaysia, included Penang, Tioman Island and also Singapore.

Like all other species of flying squirrels, the Red giant flying squirrel or Petaurista petaurista has a membrane of skin between its legs and arms, which is used to glide between trees.

It is characterized by its dark red coloring and large eyes. When compared to other species of squirrels, this species is large, being on average 17 in. long, with a long slender tail. Entire body dark reddish except for black on nose, chin, eye-ring, behind the ears, feet and tail tip.

The Red giant flying squirrel or Petaurista petaurista feeds primarily on conifer cones, leaves and branches, and, when in season, fruits and nuts, and occasionally insects. It is able to glide for long distances.

There have been reports of distances up to 250 ft. or greater; glide angles are generally 40-60 degrees from the horizontal, occasionally steeper for shorter glides. Their nest holes usually at least 10m above ground.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 3.0 in
Red Giant Flying Squirrel Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Petaurista
Species: P. petaurista
Binomial name: Petaurista petaurista
Conservation status: Least concern – A least concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation.