MADRAS OR SOUTHERN TREE SHREW/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

SOUTHERN TREE SHREW

MADRAS OR SOUTHERN TREE SHREW


DESCRIPTION: The Madras Tree Shrew is chocolate–brown with pale markings around the eyes and a characteristic white shoulder stripe. Its upper parts are speckled yellow and brown near the shoulder and rufous near the rump, while its underparts are greyish white. Central Indian forms have more reddish brown upper parts compared with the pale upper coat of south–eastern forms. Those found in the western part of the range have grizzled brown backs and grey feet. Ears are large, with the lower lobe being larger. It differs from Tupaia in having more hairs inside the ears, and a more coarsely reticulated nose pad.

BEHAVIOUR: May slide down branches head first when anointing the vegetation with secretions from their neck glands.

DISTRIBUTION: Peninsular and southern India, south of the rivers Ganga and Narmada to Jharkhand in the east and Satpuras in the west (up to 1,400 m).

HABITAT: Rocky areas in forests.


IUCN  Status: Least Concern

 Size: HBL:17.5–20 cm

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