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GIANT SQUIRREL OF WESTERN GHATS The image shows a Giant Squirrel found in the Western Ghats of India.Lovely middle size mammal with a long hairy tail in two colors and brown fur on the body.Always lives on big trees,mostly seen singly.Very attractive and usually in movement hence finding steady for a shot is difficult.Usually early morning movements,cause another problem for taking photos.Feeds on fruits of the plant.Has  a chukking sound which gives idea of their presence.Very afraid of any movement around and runs away from one tree to another hence one has to run behind for a shot. Geotagged,India,Indian Giant Squirrel,Ratufa indica,Spring,colorful,giant,squirrel Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

GIANT SQUIRREL OF WESTERN GHATS

The image shows a Giant Squirrel found in the Western Ghats of India.Lovely middle size mammal with a long hairy tail in two colors and brown fur on the body.Always lives on big trees,mostly seen singly.Very attractive and usually in movement hence finding steady for a shot is difficult.Usually early morning movements,cause another problem for taking photos.Feeds on fruits of the plant.Has a chukking sound which gives idea of their presence.Very afraid of any movement around and runs away from one tree to another hence one has to run behind for a shot.

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  1. I see that you have found the correct species ID. Requesting the creation of a new species was not necessary in this case. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Fantastic shot in what looks like a spectacular area. Promoted! Posted 4 years ago

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The Indian giant squirrel, or Malabar giant squirrel, is a large tree squirrel species genus ''Ratufa'' native to India. It is a large-bodied diurnal, arboreal, and herbivorous squirrel found in South Asia. It is called शेकरू 'Shekru' in Marathi and is state animal of Maharashtra.

Similar species: Rodents
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Uploaded Jan 21, 2015. Captured May 22, 2014 06:49 in Adakkathode Santhigiri Road, Kottiyoor, Kerala 670674, India.
  • Canon EOS 1000D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/8s
  • ISO400
  • 250mm