Callosciurus notatus, Plaintain squirrel

Callosciurus notatus

 Plaintain squirrel

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The Plantain SquirrCallosciurus notatus, Plaintain squirrelel (Callosciurus notatus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is also called Oriental or Tricoloured Squirrel. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. They are found in a wide range of habitats: forests, mangroves, parks, gardens, agricultural areas. Fruit farmers consider them to be pests.

The body is about 20-30 cm long with a similar sized tail. It is greyish/brown with a chestnut belly and a black and white stripe between the two. The genus name Callosciurus means Beautiful Squirrels.

Its diet consists mostly of leaves and fruits, but they also eat insects and bird eggs. They are known to break open twigs that contain ant larvae to eat them. They can eat fruits much bigger than them, such as mangoes, jackfruits or coconuts. They are very quick and agile in trees, they are able to jump a few metres between trees and rarely wander on the ground.