Prevosts Squirrel

Prevosts Squirrel

Callosciurus prevostii


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Quick Facts
Body Length: 9.4 to 10.1 inches; tail length: 8 to 9.5 inches
Weight: Up to about 1.1 pounds
Wild Diet: Seeds, nuts, sweet or oily-fleshed fruits, flowers, birds' eggs, and insects such as ants, termites, and beetle larvae
Zoo Diet: Chopped fruit, commercial monkey chow and "Omni" biscuits, leafy greens, starchy mix and grains, nuts, and insects
Distribution: Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and many smaller islands in southeast Asia; has been introduced into Sulawesi
Habitat: Dense rainforests; is tolerant of secondary forests

Not your typical squirrel

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.

Description

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.

Status in the Wild

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 A substantial part of their native range has been replaced by oil palm plantations.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.

Conservation Programs

Listed as of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)
 


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