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Flying squirrels take on extreme jumps
These gliding mammals can span distances more than 100 times their own body length. Covering up to around 76 metres (249.3 feet) in a single flight, southern flying squirrels accelerate down and forwards by tilting their head and ‘wings’. The flaps of skin along each side are known as the patagia, which are pulled taut in the air. Its sharply angled positioning enables these animals to perform much steeper dives than other gliding creatures.
This species looks before it leaps, moving the head from side to side to determine the distance it is about to glide. This is not an example of true flight as the animal only decreases in altitude, but it is remarkable nonetheless.