How are sugar gliders and flying squirrels different?


Sugar gliders and squirrels look quite similar on the outside but have distinct biological differences: while flying squirrels belong to the class of placental mammals, sugar gliders are part of the marsupial mammal family. The biological differences between the two species is so great that, despite sharing many physical features and looks, they are only distantly related biologically.

Flying squirrels and sugar gliders share distinguishing physical traits of gliding wings and large eyes. The process of natural selection adapted both lineages with these traits to accommodate similar lifestyles, which includes spending most of the time high in tree canopies. However, the biological divide between the two species begins at birth. Female flying squirrels, like other placental mammals, carry their unborn fetuses inside wombs, as do humans. Baby flying squirrels receive life-sustaining nutrients and minerals from their surrounding placentas and emerge fully formed with limbs, wings and large eyes at birth. Sugar gliders, in contrast, are marsupial mammals: the most well-known of this species is the kangaroo. The embryos of sugar glider females have a much shorter gestation period than those of flying squirrels. They spend a short period of time developing inside the womb, and after birth, they crawl inside a protective pouch to receive nourishment and shelter from the mother.

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