Photo: Mark Stabb
Southern Flying Squirrel,
This nocturnal, small mammal gets its
name from the gliding technique that it uses to parachute between trees.
It is found in limited numbers along the shores of Lakes Erie and
Ontario, and occasionally throughout southern Quebec. These squirrels
depend largely on nut bearing trees for their food supply, and the
existence of snags (free standing, dead trees) for nesting sites. The
large, mature hardwood forests, characteristic of the Carolinian zone,
appear to be the last vestige of its required habitat within Canada.