Andean squirrel

Sciurus pucheranii

The Andean squirrel is a tree squirrel endemic to Colombia where it inhabits montane rain forest and cloud forests of the Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Central ranges of the Colombian Andes, at elevations between 2,000 and 3,300 metres . It is a small species with a body length of about 14 cm and a similar length tail. It has soft, silky, reddish-brown fur, a darker tail and yellowish-grey underparts. It is thought to be diurnal but has been little studied, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being data deficient.
Andean Squirrel Seen in the Chicaque National Park Andean squirrel,Chicaque National Park,Sciurus pucheranii

Appearance

The Andean squirrel is a typical tree squirrel, in its general proportions resembling the Eastern grey squirrel of North America. However, it is much smaller, with a body length of only about 14 centimetres , and a 12 to 16 centimetres tail. Although there are few records of its weight, it appears to be generally between about 100 and 140 grams . It has soft, silky, reddish-brown fur over most of the body, merging to greyish-yellow on the underparts. The tail fur is darker than that on the body, and some Andean squirrels also have a distinctive dark stripe down their flanks, and/or a black patch on the back of the head. Females have six teats.
Andean Squirrel  Andean squirrel,Chicaque National Park,Sciurus pucheranii

Distribution

It inhabits montane rain forest and cloud forests of the Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes, at elevations between 2,000 and 3,300 metres . As a tree squirrel, it lives among ''Cecropia'' trees, palms, and tree ferns. It is believed to be diurnal, but sufficiently little is known about its habits, population, and habitat requirements, that it is currently listed as data deficient by the IUCN.
Andean Squirrel Chicaque National Park  Andean squirrel,Chicaque National Park,Sciurus pucheranii

Habitat

It inhabits montane rain forest and cloud forests of the Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes, at elevations between 2,000 and 3,300 metres . As a tree squirrel, it lives among ''Cecropia'' trees, palms, and tree ferns. It is believed to be diurnal, but sufficiently little is known about its habits, population, and habitat requirements, that it is currently listed as data deficient by the IUCN.

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Status: Data deficient
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusSciurus
SpeciesS. pucheranii
Photographed in
Colombia