Central Florida’s hot, humid climate with moderate winters is ideal habitat for southern flying squirrels. Average temperatures range from the 60s°F (15-20°C) in January to the 90s°F (30s°C) in July. Rainfall is plentiful, especially in summer.
Mixed oak-hickory-pine forests interspersed with cypress swamps and suburban yards provide excellent habitat. The squirrels nest in tree cavities and leaf dreys built in forked branches. They avoid floodplain forests and pine plantations with sparse understory where predators are more visible.
Developed areas offer bird feeders, gardens, and accessible attics for nest sites. Flying squirrels thrive on seeds, fruits, buds, and arthropods. Ample food and nesting sites allow high squirrel densities, especially if predators like owls and pine snakes are scarce.