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Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel

Ratufa indica


Is a large tree squirrel species genus Ratufa native to India. It is a large-bodied diurnal, arboreal, and herbivorous squirrel found in South Asia. The Indian giant squirrel is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leaves the trees, and requires tall profusely branched trees for the construction of nests. It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 m (20 ft). When in danger, the Ratufa indica often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopard.The Giant Squirrel is mostly active in the early hours of the morning and in the evening, resting in the midday.

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fetaisdelicious 11 years ago

What a face!

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Endangeredlover 11 years ago

How big is that beast?

Coimbatore, India

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012

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