The Indian giant squirrel Rodent, or Malabar giant squirrel, is a large tree squirrel species in the genus Ratufa native to India. It is a large-bodied diurnal, arboreal, and mainly herbivorous squirrel found in South Asia.
Indian giant squirrel Rodent Facts:
- Length: 34-45 cm
- Tail: 38-49 cm
- Weight: 0.9-2.3 kg
- Social unit: Individual/pair
- Status: Least concern
The huge, bushy tail of the Indian giant squirrel Rodent is usually longer than the head and body combined. The upperparts are dark, the head and limbs red-brown, and the underside whitish. This squirrel, alert and wary, makes massive leaps of 6 m (20ft) among branches as it forages for fruit, nuts, bark, insects, and eggs. Its characteristic feeding posture is not upright but leaning forwards or down, perched on its back legs with the tail as a counterbalance.
Its short, broad thumbs help it to manipulate food. It builds the typical squirrel-type nest (drey) for resting and rearing young. Reproduction in this species is not well known but they are thought to breed throughout the year. Females usually produce 1-2 offspring in litter after a gestation period of 28-35 days.
This squirrel shoes the typical feeding posture of this species. Its long tail provides stability while it eats its food, which is skillfully manipulated by dexterous front paws.
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