The Flying Squirrel, Its Posture and Manner of Flying.
These Squirrels are gregarious, travelling from one Tree to another
in Companies of ten, or twelve together. When I first saw them,
I took them for dead Leaves, blown one Way by the Wind, but was
not long so deceived, when I perceived many of them to follow one
another in one Direction: They will fly fourscore Yards from one
Tree to another. They cannot rise in their Flight, nor keep in a
horizontal Line, but descend gradually, so that in Proportion to
the Distance the Tree, they design to fly to, is from them, so much
the higher they mount on the Tree they fly from, that they may reach
some Part of the Tree, even the lowest Part, rather than fall to
the Ground, which exposes them to Peril, but having once recovered
the Trunc of a Tree, no Animal seems nimble enough to take them.
Their Food is that of other Squirrels, viz. Nuts, Acorns,
Pine Seeds, Pishimon Berries, &c.
Viscum Caryophylloides, Aloes foliis viridibus acuminatis, floribus
The Root of this Plant is tuberous, having many small Fibres, which
grow spreading on Rocks, and adhere close to the bare Surface of
them, and sometimes to the Truncs and Limbs of Trees: This succulent
Plant is maintained only by what Nutriment its Fibres receive from
the Crevices of the Bark into which they insinuate: It is usually
from one to two Foot in Height: Its Leaves and Manner of growing
resemble those of an Aloe, but are more concave, and spotted with
White on both Sides, resembling Mould. From the middle of the Leaves
arose a stiff Stalk, which divided at the Top into seven or eight
smaller Stalks, on which were placed alternately on short Footstalks
yellow Flowers, not blown open; and having never seen a Plant that
was blown, I can only refer to the Figure of this here exhibited.