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Favorite Images of Malabar Giant Squirrels
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Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) or Indian 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.
R. indica has a conspicuous two-toned (and sometimes three-toned) color scheme. The colors involved can be creamy-beige, buff, tan, rust, brown or even a dark seal brown. The underparts and the front legs are usually cream colored, the head can be brown or beige, however there is a distinctive white spot between the ears.
Adult head and body length varies around 14 inches (36 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 (20 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.
The Giant Squirrel is mostly active in the early hours of the morning and in the evening, resting in the midday. They are typically solitary animals that only come together for breeding.
The species is believed to play a substantial role in shaping the ecosystem of its habitat by engaging in seed dispersal.
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