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How do flying squirrels fly?


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. 


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