While Japan is famous for so many things, I am sure no one would ever thought Nippon to be home to one of the most adorable beings on our planet – the flying squirrels. Whether talking about the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel or the Siberian flying squirrel, these cute mammals will make you fall in love with them at first sight.

Their huge black eyes make them look just like Disney characters, but that’s because the flying squirrels are nocturnal mammals. Despite their name, these cute little things do not actually fly, but glide. They have a membrane called patagium from their front to their rear legs and with its help they can glide over 300 feet. They use this special function to reach another tree or when they’re in danger. They feed with seeds, small fruits or tree leaves.

 

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The Japanese dwarf flying squirrels can only be found on two Japanese islands, Honshu and Kyushu. These elusive creatures usually live in the alpine forests on the islands. Their tiny bodies could measure 13 inches from head to tail, which is more than 70% of their body.

The Siberian flying squirrel on the other hand are even smaller than their cousin. Native to the northern forest of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Mongolia and of course Japan, they measure up to 5-8 inches and their tiny bodies don’t weigh more than 5,5 ounces. However, that comes as a big advantage when you’re about to hide in a very tight tree hole. The Siberian flying squirrel can be found on the northern island of Hokkaido.

 

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Both subspecies are incredible hard to spot due to their small size, but also because they’re nocturnal. During daytime, these adorable beings are staying hidden in tree holes. Occasionally, moms and their siblings get out of their holes on daylight in search for food.  Some very patient wild photographers have managed to capture these cuties on camera and the results are heartwarming.

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