Indian palm squirrel

Funambulus palmarum

The Indian palm squirrel also known as three-striped palm squirrel, is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family that can be easily domesticated and kept as a pet. It is found naturally in India and Sri Lanka. In the late 19th century, the Palm squirrel was accidentally introduced into Western Australia, where it has since become a minor pest that is actively targeted for eradication due to its lack of natural predators.
The Indian palm squirrel - Funambulus Palmarum Another one of this sweet little 'thing' :) Animalia,Chordata,Funambulus palmarum,Geotagged,Indian palm squirrel,Mammalia,Rodentia,Sri Lanka,Trincomalee

Appearance

The palm squirrel is about the size of a rat, with a bushy tail slightly shorter than its body. The back is a grizzled, gray-brown colour with three conspicuous white stripes which run from head to tail. The two outer stripes run from the forelegs to the hind legs only. it has a creamy-white belly and a tail covered with interspersed, long, black and white hairs. The ears are small and triangular. Juvenile squirrels have significantly lighter coloration, which gets progressively darker as they age. Albinism is rare, but exists in this species.
The Indian palm squirrel - Funambulus Palmarum This funny and curiuos species was always somewhere around us. So funny to see how they crawl over the ground towards you :) Animalia,Chordata,Funambulus palmarum,Geotagged,Indian palm squirrel,Mammalia,Rodentia,Sri Lanka,Trincomalee

Behavior

The gestation period is 34 days; breeding takes place in grass nests during the autumn. Litters of two or three are common, and average 2.75. The young are weaned after about 10 weeks and are sexually mature at 9 months. Adult weight is 100 g. Little is known about their longevity, but one specimen lived 5.5 years in captivity.These squirrels eat mainly nuts and fruits. They are fairly vocal, with a cry that sounds like "chip chip chip" when danger is present. They are opportunists in urban areas, and can be easily domesticated and trained to accept food from humans. Naturally active, their activity reaches levels of frenzy during the mating season. They tend to be very protective of their food sources, often guarding and defending them from birds and other squirrels.
Incomplete make-Up!! I have seen a complete albino Indian Palm Squirrel but never a leucistic like this!! Albinism is a hereditary disorder associated with just one pigment, leucism is associated with multiple pigments. The main key identification factor of leucism and albinism is the eye color. The albinos have red color while leucistics have normal colored eyes.

Leucistics are usually blonde or with patches of normal and pale colors. However this palm squirrel is a real wonder, just look at how it is half normal and half abino, it is ad if the squirrel was powdered from half was down. It was a treat to watch this wonder. Funambulus palmarum,Indian palm squirrel,albinism,india,leucism,rodent,western ghats

Food

These squirrels eat mainly nuts and fruits. They are fairly vocal, with a cry that sounds like "chip chip chip" when danger is present. They are opportunists in urban areas, and can be easily domesticated and trained to accept food from humans. Naturally active, their activity reaches levels of frenzy during the mating season. They tend to be very protective of their food sources, often guarding and defending them from birds and other squirrels.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusFunambulus
SpeciesF. palmarum
Photographed in
India
Sri Lanka