But do you know whether flying squirrels use their flattened tails as rudders? If you guess yes, you guess wrong. The squirrel launches itself from high in a tree, spreads its four legs, which stretches its skin flaps, and sails at a downward angle. It steers by raising or lowering a foreleg--dropping the right leg, for example, turns the animal to the right. The tail acts as a stabilizer rather than a rudder as you might logically assume.
|A flying squirrel not in its natural habitat.|