INDIAN GIANT SQUIRREL (Ratufa indica) ©Bishancm
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.
- Adult head and body length varies between 14–16 in (36–41 cm) and the tail length is approximately 2 ft (0.61 m). Adult weight - 2 kg (4.41 lb).
- The Indian giant squirrel is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leaves the trees, and requires “tall profusely branched trees for the construction of nests.
- It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 m (19.69 ft).
- When in danger, the Ratufa indica often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopard
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_giant_squirrel
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