Excerpt from The Royal Natural History, Vol. 3: Section V The habits of all the members of this genus are very similar and closely resemble those of the lesser flying squirrels. The large red species probably hibernates, but most of the others are active throughout the year. The common brown Indian form inhabits the forest, but in forest-clad districts they may be found near villages in clumps of mango and other trees. In addition to fruits and nuts, it is said to eat bark, and also insects and their larvae and it drinks by lapping with the tongue. Its cry is described as a low, soft monotone, quickly repeated. Mr. Blanford writes that this flying squirrel sleeps during the day, sitting, like so many arboreal mammals, with its back bent into a circle and its head thrust inside; or, in hot weather, lying on its back with the parachute extended. It is not so active as other squirrels, either on trees or on the ground, the parachute impeding its movements. When passing from one tree to another at a distance, it leaps, with its parachute extended, from the higher branches, and descends, at first more directly, then, apparently, by availing itself of the resistance of the air, more and more obliquely, until its flight gradually growing slower, becomes horizontal and finally terminates in an ascent to the trunk or branch of the tree to which its flight is directed. It is stated that these squirrels have been known to traverse distances of sixty and nearly eighty yards in their flight from tree to tree. Although readily tamed, they are very difficult to keep alive in captivity.
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