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Prevost's Squirrel

Prevost's Squirrel

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Prevost's squirrel, also known as the Tri-colored squirrel, is one of the most colorful of all squirrels. The back and tail are glossy black, the belly and legs a bright chestnut red. A white band extends along their sides from the nose to the base of the tail.

All squirrels have sharp eyesight. Their teeth consist of a single pair of chisel-shaped incisor teeth in each jaw and a large gap in front of the premolars, due to the absence of canine teeth. The incisors grow continuously and are worn back by use. The lower jaw is quite movable.

Squirrels have short forelimbs, with a small thumb, and longer hind limbs. The soles of the feet have soft pads.

DISTRIBUTION:

Prevost's squirrel is from south-east Asia. They live and make their nests (dreys) in trees.

BEHAVIOR:

There are 25 Malayan species of squirrels. Many of these species are nocturnal while the rest are active in the daytime. Some are terrestrial while others are arboreal. Because of these differences, different species of squirrels often occupy the same habitat.

Prevost's squirrels are tree squirrels and are therefore excellent at climbing and jumping. Their toes, with their sharp claws, are well adapted for clinging to tree trunks. They are able to jump across considerable gaps between trees.

The tail serves as a balance when the squirrel runs and climbs and as a rudder when it jumps. The tail is also used as a flag to communicate social signals and is wrapped around the squirrel when the animal sleeps.

On the ground tree squirrels move in a sequence of graceful leaps, often pausing to raise their heads and look around.

When feeding, squirrels squat on their haunches holding the food between their front paws. Unlike ground squirrels, tree squirrels do not hibernate.

DIET:

Squirrels feed on nuts and seeds, fruits and other plant material, supplemented with a few insects. They have also been known to feed on reptiles and young birds. In the Zoo Prevost's squirrels are fed monkey chow, fruit, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.

REPRODUCTION and GROWTH:

Squirrels are sexually mature and able to breed when approximately one year old. Gestation lasts about five weeks. Infant squirrels are born naked, toothless and helpless with their eyes closed. By six weeks of age they are fully furred and sufficiently independent to be able to venture out of the burrow.

Scientific Name: Rodentia Sciuridae Callosciurus prevosti

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Range
Thailand, Sumatra, Borneo, Bangka Island, Rhio Archipelago, Sulawesi, many small islands of East Indies.

Habitat
Lowland forests of southeast Asia, also found in cultivated areas.

Size
Length: 11 inches, tail: 6-9 inches. weighs about 2 pounds.

Characteristics
The Prevostís squirrel, or tri-colored squirrel, is one of the most colorful of all the squirrels. Their generic name, callosciurus, means beautiful squirrel. Prevost's squirrels have thick fur which is glossy black on the head, back and tail, the belly and legs are a bright chestnut red, the colors are separated by a thick white stripe. They have small ears, good eyesight and chisel-shaped incisors that grow continuously and are worn back by use.

Behavior
Like most squirrels, they are excellent at climbing and jumping. Their tails serve as a balance when the squirrel runs and climbs and as a rudder when it jumps. Their tails are also used as a flag to communicate social signals. They live in hollow trees or build nests of leaves and twigs high in the branches of forest trees, and they are often seen in groups.

Reproduction
June through August are the peaks of the breeding season, but breeding can occur throughout the year. Gestation period about 40 days with 1-4 young.

Diet
Seeds, nuts, buds, leaves, flowers, fruit, insects

Predators
The main natural predators are birds of prey, small carnivores and snakes.




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