Wild Aus­tralia

Australian Geographic - - Contents - By Jan­nico Kelk

Es­sen­tial high­lights

The tiny feath­er­tail glider can cover 30m in a sin­gle leap as it trav­els through its forested east­ern Aus­tralia habi­tat. That’s a glide of 200 times its com­bined head, tail and body length – the same as the av­er­age hu­man leap­ing 360m. Weigh­ing up to 15g, this is one of the world’s small­est glid­ers. Be­ing so tiny can make it hard for a mam­mal to main­tain body heat, so it lives in groups of up to 30, which curl up to­gether in tree hol­lows to keep warm while sleep­ing.

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