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Grizzled giant squirrel

Ratufa Macroura


Known locally as the dhandu laena-දඩු ලේනා (in Sinhalese) this fellow is a frequent visitor to our garden .Has a habit of munching on fruit as it hangs from it's hind legs - very amazing to watch


These squirrels are entirely arboreal and diurnal, and are most active during the early mornings and late afternoons. They are found singly or in pairs and have their own territories where they build 4 or 5 of their large nests. They have excellent eye-sight and smell, but do not seem to have very acute hearing. Their food consists of leaves, bark, fruits, berries, nuts and possibly, insects, grubs and bird’s eggs. They probably live for 5 or 6 years

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Sri Lanka

Lat: 6.83, Long: 80.99

Spotted on Dec 28, 2013
Submitted on Jun 30, 2014

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