Exotic Squirrels: Malabar Giant Squirrel

Now this is a neat looking squirrel!

(Malabar Giant Squirrel, originally uploaded by Paradise Flycatcher.)
I can’t find much info on this squirrel, but it appears to live in India. According to Wikipedia, it is also known as the Indian giant squirrel, and “is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leaves the trees, and requires tall profusely branched trees for the construction of nests. It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 m (19.69 ft). When in danger, the Ratufa indica often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopard.”


4 thoughts on “Exotic Squirrels: Malabar Giant Squirrel

  1. Very prett–except need nose job.

  2. oh yes, the ears are so round, and after thinking about it for awhile, the nose looks more like a rabbits nose to me. However, very pretty coloring.

  3. I recently purchesed a male and female couple of flying squirrels and the owner didnt even know what kind they were, they have markins like a racoon, sleep all day and come out at night, and are no bigger than the palm of my hand. If there is anyone who might know there origen or breed i would love to be able to find out. My email is tnt661018@yahoo.com, I would dearly appreciate any emails regarding this type of squirrel.

  4. I found one indian giant squirrel almost to be eaten by a tribe in east india, rescued it and it has become a part of our family. its gaits are splendid, the only problem is it chews all nice objects in the household

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