Indian Giant Squirrel

Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa Indica). The Indian giant squirrel is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leave the trees, and construct their nests on tall, profusely branched trees. It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 meters. When in danger it often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopards. They are active in the early hours of the morning and in the evening and rest during midday. These pictures were taken at Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka.

malabar-giat-squirrel-1

malabar-giat-squirrel-2

malabar-giat-squirrel-3

malabar-giat-squirrel-4

malabar-giat-squirrel-5

Advertisements

37 thoughts on “Indian Giant Squirrel”

  1. How beautiful and colorful they are, compared to American gray squirrels,,, though we have some white squirrels and orange squirrels, and places where they are gorgeously shiny black…but nothing colorful like yours!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s