The Southern Flying Squirrel is also known as the Japanese flying squirrel, the Ezo flying squirrel and the flying squirrel. As the name suggests, the origin of the mouse is Japan, and it is also mainly distributed in Japan’s Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Morphological Characteristics of Southern Flying Squirrel
The weight of an adult Southern Flying Squirrel is about 100-150g. The ideal body length should be about 15cm, and the tail length is about 12cm. The appearance is very cute. The big piercing eyes are suitable for night activities, and they are also the favorite food of many night owls.
Southern Flying Squirrels are brown-gray or purple-black in summer with a few brown hairs, and light yellow in winter. When gliding, his limbs are stretched flat, and the tail is straight and slightly upturned. With the help of the forelimb carpal flexor and extensor muscles, the film is controlled. When landing, lift your head up and your body is vertical, grab the trunk with your forefoot. If the slope is larger, the glide distance is also longer.
Living environment of Southern Flying Squirrel
Southern Flying Squirrel like to inhabit in the high mountains and dense forests in the wild, they are typical nocturnal animals. If you keep it at home, it is best to keep it indoors or outdoors with a roof in the hot summer. It is best to spray water to cool down when the temperature is too high. There is no need to take protective measures in winter.
Southern Flying Squirrel are very lively. They especially like climbing trees. The space for activities is more three-dimensional. You should choose a wide and high cage as much as possible. Because Southern Flying Squirrels are used to nesting in trees, the nest box should be installed high in the cage. The nest box can be replaced by a nest box with a bird’s entrance and exit at a high place. The Southern Flying Squirrels move very quickly, so be careful when opening and closing the door to avoid taking advantage of the gap to escape. In case of escape, if you suddenly grasp it with force, avoid being bitten by a Southern Flying Squirrel.
Houses for raising Southern Flying Squirrels generally require a southeast direction, warm in winter and cool in summer, and a place with a certain amount of light, which is conducive to animal health. Animal houses and cages must conform to the living habits of animals. Houses for raising Southern Flying Squirrel can be nailed with wire or wooden boards, and the area should be appropriately larger. In single cage breeding, the size of the outside movable cage can be 60X25x45 cm, or a double-layer cage with a size of 55X45X45 cm, which can be used as a place for feeding, drinking, exercising, and mating during reproduction.
The circumference and top of the outer cage can be woven with iron wire, the mesh size is 4 to 3.5 cm, and the bottom of the cage can be woven with thicker iron wire; the sides and back can also be replaced by glass or iron sheet, equipped with small doors, convenient for animals Go in and out or clean, or put food and water. In addition to the outer cage, there must also be a nest box for its habitat, rest and littering; the nest box can be made of wood boards with a thickness of 1.5 to 2.0 cm, and its length, width and height are 30X25X25 cm or 45X35X45 cm . The outer cage can be installed together with the nest box; it can also be placed separately to allow the Southern Flying Squirrel to come and go freely.
Feeding Knowledge of Southern Flying Squirrel
The Southern Flying Squirrel is an omnivorous animal and loves plants. As a pet, you can consider feeding some fruits and squirrel feed. Occasionally, some animal foods are also fed. Following will show you more about raising Southern Flying Squirrel.
The feed can be fed with pine nuts, hazelnuts, melon seeds, sunflowers, pears, apples, etc. According to the season and different regions, provide as many feeds as possible to choose from. Feed can be divided into several places to avoid competition. Dry feed can be added once every 2 to 3 days. Fruits are provided every day, and it is better to eat them that day. The basin must have clean water at all times.
Regarding the key points of Southern Flying Squirrel breeding technology, when introducing animals, you must choose healthy ones for breeding, and the ratio of male to female can be 3-4:1. Pick out the weak, especially the weak males, who may be attacked by other males. During the breeding period, give some animal food, such as boiled eggs, bread, etc., to see if they like it. In addition, put some clean dead leaves, broken hemp, twigs, etc. in the circle for them to cushion or build nests. Cubs of Southern Flying Squirrel born only half a year old should be raised separately to avoid excessive density.