I’ve heard it said before that there are no squirrels in Australia. Well I was interested in searching this out to see what I could uncover, and I found our (sort of) squirrel of the day! Wikipedia calls this a Squirrel Glider, or Petaurus norfolcensis. So not technically a member of the squirrel family (Sciuridae), the Squirrel glider is actually a flying nocturnal possum!
Looking for a picture of the live flying possum in the wild (aka Squirrel glider), I found some cute pictures but this one was the best:
Already excited by my discoveries of pseudo-squirrels in Australia, I was interested to see if there were any true members of the Sciuridae family living there. Then I happened upon a post from Scary Squirrel World, entitled SKWERLS DOWN UNDER. That’s where I learned about the Indian Palm Squirrel!
According to a news story from the year 2000, the super cute Indian Palm Squirrel is sciuridae non grata around the South Perth Area where it resides after escaping from a zoo! They must be pretty terrifying – check out this quote: “Agriculture Western Australia protection officer Brian Clare said ‘They… scavenge for waste food and have been known to steal school childrens’ sandwiches.'”