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Squirrel Glider
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Squirrel Glider

Squirrel Glider
Status Lower Risk
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Subclass:Marsupialia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Petauridae
Genus:Petaurus
Species:norfolcensis
Binomial name
Petaurus norfolcensis
(Kerr, 1792)
The Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) is a gliding possum of the Marsupial family Petauridae. It belongs to the subfamily Petaurinae or wrist-winged gliders.

Like most of the wrist-winged gliders, the Squirrel Glider is endemic to Australia. It is about twice the size of the related Sugar Glider (P. breiceps). Squirrel gliders eat mostly fruit and insects. They can be kept as pets in Australia with the appropriate licence. They can glide up to 15 metres from tree to tree. They don't tend to glide in captivity.