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Indian giant squirrel

Ratufa indica maxima


Indian Giant Squirrels (Ratufa indica) is the largest squirrel, most often stays in trees, and they find refuge within holes of the trees, but here is one amusing bit of truth: they could leap from tree to tree, jumping a span of 6 meters or longer. An Indian Giant Squirrel has dorsal colors that go from red to brown, but generally, they have a white fur in the belly area. Ears of an Indian Giant Squirrel are round, a pronounced hand with an inner paw that is of course used for gripping. A typical Indian Giant Squirrel weighs about 1.5 to 2 kilograms. They are omnivorous, surviving on flowers, fruits, eggs, insects and even bark.



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36 Comments (1–25)

Arun 8 years ago

Thank you @Rosa Maria !!

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 8 years ago

Nice! I love the photo and the description. :)

Arun 8 years ago

Thank you @surendar.arock

surendar.arock 9 years ago

Nice ...

Arun 10 years ago

Thank you BrandonBlount !!

BrandonBlount 10 years ago

That has to be the most beautiful squirrel that I have ever seen! What an amazing animal! Thank you so much for posting, as well as for posting the information! Kudos on a great spotting!

Arun 10 years ago

Thanks a lot ArmanPasha !!

ArmanPasha 10 years ago

its really nice i have never seen this before

Arun 10 years ago

Its true Ashish, when I was trying to spot a kingfisher , one black fig come out from a bush,really i thrilled.. it was Indian giant squirrel.. lucky moment, i saw him very close.. Nice experience .. Thanks for your cmnt Ashish !!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Mary these cute and giant Squirrel is very quick in movements and disappears before you trigger your camera... So who get their spottings are very lucky.

Arun 10 years ago

Thank you MaryEvans2 !!

MaryEvans2 10 years ago

WOW - now that is one beautifully colored squirrel! Nice spotting and photos.

Arun 10 years ago

Thanks for your cmnts Jake Barnes !!

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 10 years ago

In the second and fourth picture he kinda reminds me of a cat, the way he's crouched and his bent haha

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 10 years ago

Great pictures, and that is some amazing info about them, I wish we have them here in Texas haha

Arun 10 years ago

Thank you for your kind words SireeshaదేవిNemana ; Gracias harsuame !!

harsuame 10 years ago


S_Nem 10 years ago

Wow! Rare capture! Lucky you!!

Arun 10 years ago

Thank you SatyenMehta and Nopayahnah !!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Fantastic series and animal.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

What a wonderful squirrel!

Arun 10 years ago

@Bob6 .. thanks for ur cmnt !!!

Bob6 10 years ago

Giant Squirrel

Arun 10 years ago

Thanks for the info AshishNimkar !!

Arun 10 years ago

Thank you auntnance123 !!!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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