Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Sciuridae
   Scientific Name : Funambulus Palmarum

                      Size : 15 - 20cm (6 - 7.8in)
                 Weight : 100g - 120g (3.5 - 4.2oz)
           Top Speed : 17km/h (10mph)
            Life Span : 2 - 4 years

                Colour : Tan, Brown, Yellow
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Stripes on back and 
                               long front teeth
  1. Indian Palm Squirrels are a species of squirrels found in India and Sri Lanka.
  2. They have been accidentally introduced in Western Australia and the population of Indian squirrels is thriving there.
  3. They are also known as the 3 stripe squirrel as they have a mix of white and dark stripes on their back.
  4. They also have distinctively long front teeth.
  5. They inhabit and build their nests on exotic tree tops.
  6. The female Indian Palm squirrel gives birth to around 2-3 young in these nests.
  7. The baby Indian palm squirrels are weaned after around 10 weeks.
  8. They are very often seen as pests as they tend to eat and damage crops.
  9. They are omnivores feeding on fruits, eggs, insects, small mammals and birds.
  10. Their natural predators are most of the meat eating mammals, snakes, wildcats and humans.
  11. Interestingly, the Indian palm squirrel does not hibernate in winters.
  12. Though they get out of their nests only during the warm, sunny afternoons.
  13. On an average, they live to be around 2-4 years old.

 

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