Atypical den use of Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) in the southern Appalachian Mountains

Southeastern Naturalist
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Abstract

Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus (Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel) is a federally endangered subspecies that occurs in high elevation forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Denning sites may be a limiting factor for this subspecies in areas where cavity trees are not abundant or where interspecific competition from other tree squirrels occurs. This shortage can result in use of unusual denning sites, such as subterranean dens. Herein, we report atypical denning habits of radio-collared Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels in southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina from 2008 to 2011 and 2014. Increased knowledge of denning habitats may be beneficial for conservation and habitat management of this subspecies, particularly in sub-optimal or degraded habitats.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Atypical den use of Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) in the southern Appalachian Mountains
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/058.014.0303
Volume 14
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Eagle Hill Institute
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 6 p.
First page N44
Last page N49
Country United States
State North Carolina