Chinese giant flying squirrel

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Chinese giant flying squirrel
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Petaurista
P. xanthotis
Binomial name
Petaurista xanthotis
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The Chinese giant flying squirrel (Petaurista xanthotis) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to China and Laos .

This squirrel inhabits high elevation spruce forests in China. It feeds nocturnally on young shoots, leaves, and pine nuts. It nests in trees but does not hibernate. Its litter size averages two.[2]


  1. ^ Smith, A. T. & Johnston, C. H. (2008). "Petaurista xanthotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ Smith, A. and Xie, Y. (2008). The Mammals of China. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.