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How do flying squirrels fly?

A:

Flying squirrels really don't fly. They glide!

 

These special squirrels have flaps of skin between their arms and chest, and between their legs. It makes them into a giant wing, or parachute. When they leap into the air, they extend their arms and legs, and use these flaps of skin to create drag: like jumping with a parachute. They then glide into the air until they reach their destination. They don't usually go very far, maybe from branch to branch. 

 

Categories: Aerodynamics