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Indian Palm Squirrel

Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus Palmarum)An Indian Palm Squirrel at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India.Three-striped palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) in Panadura, Sri LankaScurry of Northern Palm Squirrels or Five-striped Palm Squirrels, India
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Indian Palm Squirrel Facts

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Funambulus Palmarum
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
15-20cm (6-7.8in)
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)
How long the animal lives for
2-4 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Tan, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Thick forest and tropical jungles
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Eggs, Fruit, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Snakes, Wildcats
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Stripes on back and long front teeth

Indian Palm Squirrel Location

Map of Indian Palm Squirrel Locations
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Indian Palm Squirrel

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 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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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019

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