Flying squirrels are omnivores with diets consisting of a variety of foods, such as nuts, seeds, fruits insects and fungi. Flying squirrels that reside in southern regions tend to be a bit more carnivorous, and they even eat eggs, carrion and birds.
There are two different types of flying squirrel: northern and southern. The southern species tends to be smaller in size, with a maximum length of approximately 8 to 10 inches, while the northern species is a larger, growing to an approximate length of 10 to 12 inches.
Flying squirrels are also known as gliding squirrels, as they possess a membrane between their front and back legs that allows them to glide through the air.