Photographer Tony Wu
THE picture above reveals one in all Japan’s most charismatic and infrequently seen residents because it glides by its Hokkaido habitat: Pteromys volans orii, a subspecies of the Siberian flying squirrel.
It and the opposite squirrels under had been captured by photographer Tony Wu, who spent a number of weeks of their snowy residence throughout mating season. Siberian flying squirrels are exhausting to identify, and this chance was principally right down to luck, says Wu, because the animals are nocturnal and are normally excessive off the bottom.
Like all flying squirrels, they don’t truly fly, however use the pores and skin membranes between their forelimbs and hindlimbs, known as patagia, to glide from tree to tree. They will soar for some 50 metres – a powerful feat for an animal that solely grows to be as much as 23 centimetres lengthy.
Under, a pair of squirrels peek out from the branches after foraging for meals.
Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture of Japan and the one place within the nation the place this subspecies of Siberian flying squirrel is discovered. Additional south, on the Honshu and Kyushu islands, they’ve been changed by the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys momonga).
Above, two males struggle for the correct to mate with a feminine. The picture captures the second when one male body-slammed the opposite off the tree, though Wu says the squirrel was in a position to glide to a protected touchdown.
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