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Indian Palm Squirrel


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Indian Palm Squirrel
Three-striped palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) in Panadura, Sri Lanka
Scurry of Northern Palm Squirrels or Five-striped Palm Squirrels, India
An Indian Palm Squirrel at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India.
Indian Palm Squirrels are also known as the 3 stripe squirrel due to the mix of dark and white stripes on the back of the Indian palm squirrel. The Indian palm squirrel can be found nesting in the tree tops of exotic trees.

The Indian palm squirrel is only naturally found in parts of India and Sri Lanka. Recent accidental introduction of the Indian palm squirrel into western Australia has made them a pest as the Indian palm squirrel has no real natural predators which has made the population of Indian palm squirrels in Australia thrive.

The Indian palm squirrel naturally hunts for small mammals, birds and insects but the Indian palm squirrel has caused problems in recent years as the Indian palm squirrel has taken to eating crops.

An Indian palm squirrel only weighs around 100g making the squirrel easy prey for small meat-eating mammals and birds. The Indian palm squirrel has often been reported going into peoples houses and the Indian palm squirrel can often be seen running up and down trees and houses.

Unlike other species of squirrel, the Indian palm squirrel does not hibernate in winter but instead the Indian palm squirrels will only emerge from the warmth of their nests during the afternoon on sunny days.

Indian palm squirrels create nests made up from grass and it is in the these nests that Indian palm squirrels give birth to and wean their young. Typically Indian palm squirrels give birth to 2 or 3 baby Indian palm squirrels which are weaned by the mother Indian palm squirrel until the baby Indian palm squirrel is around 10 weeks old.


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Indian Palm Squirrel Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Sciuridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Funambulus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Funambulus Palmarum
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
15-20cm (6-7.8in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
100-120g (3.5-4.2oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
17km/h (10mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
2-4 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Tan, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Eggs
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Thick forest and tropical jungles
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Eggs, Fruit, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Snakes, Wildcats
Special Features:Stripes on back and long front teeth

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