The Two Flying Squirrels Of New Hampshire

Two types of New Hampshire flying squirrels live in this great state. Called the southern and the northern, these critters pester homeowners throughout New Hampshire.

The first of the two New Hampshire flying squirrels, the northern flying squirrel ( Glaucomys sabrinus), mostly resides in Conifer forests, aka cone bearing. There’s a type of fungi prevalent in these types of forests, on which the northern flyers depend.

The other half of New Hampshire flying squirrels, southern flying squirrels ( Glaucomys Volens ), can live in most New Hampshire environments. But, they generally live in the coastal and southern parts of the state associated with hickory and acorn trees.

New Hampshire flying squirrels photo of the Northern Flying Squirrel

The Northern Flying Squirrel

Both squirrels share some things in common. They should be more appropriately called gliding squirrels. There is a specialized membrane called the patagium between the front and the rear leg, which allows them to glide up to 150 feet. They cannot achieve self-powered flight like a bird, but their gliding habits are quite effective transportation for them. While In flight, a flying squirrel looks like a person in a wingsuit gliding in the mountains.

New Hampshire Flying Squirrels Common Features

Most Flying Squirrel activities occur during the night, as many homeowners in New Hampshire can attest. They can be quite loud during the night, and their habit of congregating together in the winter may mean as many as 50 party-goers in the attic at the same time. All other types of squirrels are diurnal, meaning active during the day.

New Hampshire flying squirrels photo of the Southern Flying Squirrel

The Southern Flying Squirrel

There are a few physical differences between the two. The northern being a bit larger at 10-12 inches long and sporting a grey belly fur, whereas the southern flying squirrel is around 8-10 inches long and has a white belly fur.

The southern squirrel has meat in its diet, and they are considered the most carnivorous squirrel. At times, we believe that mice in an attic can serve as the initial draw of the squirrels in an attic. When cold weather sets in the Northeast for the winter is when flying squirrel complaints take off. If you hear sounds in the attic at night, especially during the New Hampshire winter, chances are you are a host to one of these unique creatures.