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Indian palm squirrel or three-striped palm squirrel

Funambulus palmarum


The palm squirrel is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae found naturally in India; is about the size of a large chipmunk, with a bushy tail slightly shorter than its body. The back is a grizzled, grey-brown colour with three conspicuous white stripes which run from head to tail. The two outer stripes run from the forelegs to the hind legs only. It has a creamy-white belly and a tail covered with interspersed, long, black and white hair. The ears are small and triangular.


The Indian palm squirrel can be found nesting in the tree tops of exotic trees.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.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


Life Span: 2-4 years Lifestyle: Solitary Conservation Status: Least Concern

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LuisStevens 2 years ago


Union Territory of Chandīgarh, India

Lat: 30.69, Long: 76.81

Spotted on Feb 1, 2016
Submitted on Jun 3, 2016

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