Facts about Indian Palm Squirrel or Three Stripe Palm Squirrel/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

Facts about Indian Palm Squirrel

Indian Palm Squirrel or Three Stripe Palm Squirrel

                  Indian Palm Squirrel

Funambulus palmarum is Indian palm squirrel is very sharp in movement and if you get a very young lost mother pup it is very easy to make your pet. They are about 6.0 to 7.8 inches long. Body is comparatively longer than its bushy tail. The belly is cream colored, and therefore the tail has long, black and white fur. Young squirrels are lighter in color than the adult is and sometimes albino squirrels are also observed which born due to genetically lacking in pigmentation gene.

They have tiny, triangular ears and large dark eyes found on either sides of its head, which gives them 360° vision. Palm Squirrel’s average weighs is around 100 to 120 grams and it can run at a speed of 16 km/hr.


The Indian Palm Squirrel is native to the nice and cozy, humid areas of the southern Indian subcontinent. It build nests at the top of the trees found there, and not just palm trees. The nest of a squirrel is called Dray and is weaved with grasses. Instead of hibernating during the winter, they stay at its nest wait  for the warm days in which their body feel soothing warm enough [1].


This squirrels are omnivore. They eat just about anything. It prefers fruit, nuts, sugarcane, grapes, mangoes, apples which comes under preferred vegetables and in non-veggie they like to hunt avian eggs, chicks. In addition, Indian palm squirrels as their preferred cuisine eat crops instead of eggs and chicks Crops damaging different type of insect and caterpillars are comes under secondary preferred foodstuff.

So, mother nature and its babies should be loved to protect our environment to maintain balance in ecological niche and step forward to nature and wildlife conservation.


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