Prevost's squirrels have very good eyesight with an extremely wide field of vision. Even in dim light, they are able to recognize individual squirrels from several feet away. They have very sensitive hearing and can hear pitches that are above the range of human hearing. They rely on their keen sense of smell to locate nuts with insects inside.
Status in the Wild
The fur of Prevost's squirrels contains three different colors: the head, back, tail, and sides black, while the underside of their body is reddish brown; between these is a streak of white. There are slight differences between subspecies in the extent of the red and white fur on their limbs, but the general appearance of all subspecies is similar. Their bushy tail enables them to maintain balance while in trees.
The Prevost's squirrels' remaining habitat is shrinking. A substantial part of their native range has been replaced by oil palm plantations. In parts of Sarawak, squirrels are heavily hunted for the pet trade.
Listed as of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)