The North Carolina critters glow

A North Carolina state project revealed an interesting fact about the native flying squirrel species this year. They apparently glow a shade of pink when placed under an ultraviolet light. The information was posted by the group known as Candid Critters. Candid Critters’ mission is to uncover little known details about the distribution of mammals in the state.

The Southern Flying Squirrel is native to North Carolina and is probably one of the most encountered species in the state. It can be found in urban areas as well as in forests, in the lowlands of the Coastal Plain and at elevations up to 4,500-5,000 feet.It has a cape of loose skin that spans their arms that they use to glide from tree to tree, mostly at night.

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Flying squirrels in NC capable of ‘glowing pink,’ experts say

Bigfoot is apparently not the craziest thing you might find in North Carolina’s backwoods.

A state project revealed an odd fact about flying squirrels in North Carolina. “Just another boring rodent, right?” said a post on the NC Candid Critters Facebook page. “Not unless you think that glowing pink is boring!”

“All species of flying squirrel in North American have been found to fluoresce pink under ultraviolet light.” Read more

Summary: A North Carolina state project revealed an interesting fact about the native flying squirrel species this year. They apparently glow a shade of pink when placed under an ultraviolet light.

Southern Flying Squirrel Information

This diminutive rodent with the big saucer-like eyes is probably the most common mammal never seen by humans in North Carolina. It occupies habitat similar to that of the gray squirrel and, to a lesser extent, the fox squirrel, yet because it is a nocturnal species, it is not seen as often as the other two. It is truly arboreal, gliding from tree to tree on folds of outstretched skin. Learn more

Summary: The Southern Flying Squirrel is native to North Carolina and is probably one of the most encountered species in the state. It is a nocturnal animal that uses its loose skin to glide from place to place.