Prevost’s Squirrel

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Prevost's Squirrel


Thailand, Sumatra, Borneo, Bangka Island, Rhio Archipelago, Sulawesi, many small islands of East Indies.


Lowland forests of southeast Asia, also found in cultivated areas.


The Prevost?s squirrel, or tri-colored squirrel, is one of the most colorful of all the squirrels. Their generic name, callosciurus, means beautiful squirrel. Prevost\\\\\\\'s squirrels have thick fur which is glossy black on the head, back and tail, the belly and legs are a bright chestnut red, the colors are separated by a thick white stripe. They have small ears, good eyesight and chisel-shaped incisors that grow continuously and are worn back by use.

Prevost's Squirrel

Like most squirrels, they are excellent at climbing and jumping. Their tails serve as a balance when the squirrel runs and climbs and as a rudder when it jumps. Their tails are also used as a flag to communicate social signals. They live in hollow trees or build nests of leaves and twigs high in the branches of forest trees, and they are often seen in groups.


June through August are the peaks of the breeding season, but breeding can occur throughout the year. Gestation period about 40 days with 1-4 young.

Prevost's Squirrel
Class: mammals
Genus: Callosciurus
Species: prebostii
Length: 11 inches; tail: 6-9 inche
Weight: about 2 pounds
Average Lifespan: 15
Wild Diet: Seeds, nuts, buds, leaves, flowers, fruit, insects
Predators: The main natural predators are birds of prey, small carnivores and snakes.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone

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