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Malabar Giant Squirrel

Ratufa indica


huge squirrel, 3' (1m) long including the tail. weight 4.4lbs (2kg) The Ratufa indica has a conspicuous two-toned (and sometimes three-toned) color scheme. The colors involved can be creamy-beige, buff, tan, rust, brown, or even a dark seal brown.The underparts and the front legs are usually cream colored, the head can be brown or beige, however there is a distinctive white spot between the ears.


Western Ghats forest


I spotted this giant squirrel in a tree behind the ranger station in Eravikulam national park.

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Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 13 years ago

I felt lucky to see Giant Squirrel so closely may be as a cub. You know that they are very sensitive and shy. Disappears in a flash from site as they locate us.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 13 years ago

Thanks Ashish, I just search for giant squirrel on Noah, before you even send this link! That one is very young, no color at all, its hard to believe it grows up into such a colorful animal.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 13 years ago

Dan you can check its cub in my spotting.

Carolina 13 years ago

They are really pretty indeed.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 13 years ago

Yes Carolina very adorable, as its very shy mammal. Size almost like cat. Some have Orange and brownish red colours and amazingly shine in sunlight.

Carolina 13 years ago

It is giant.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 13 years ago

Dan thanks for sharing this beautiful animal which is State animal of my state Maharashtra, India. They are lot in Bhimashankar forest along with many mammals.

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Kerala, India

Spotted on Mar 20, 2008
Submitted on May 20, 2011

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