It could easily be one of the species most striking to straightforward seen, not only for its size but for its fur, whose colors are hardly found in Other animals. We are talking about the giant Indian squirrel , a species that lives only in some forests in that country and that captivates the lucky ones who manage to see it.
Also known as the Malabar squirrel or technicolor squirrel, it is a species that differs from the others, its body can measure up to 10 inches long with a tail that extends up to more than half a meter . Their unique fur, which may seem too showy , the truth is that it has allowed them to survive, as well as their solitary lifestyle.
This giant squirrel usually has fur that ranges from deep red to purple and even bright orange and brown. Their ears are short and rounded and have extremely strong claws.
The weight also makes them characteristic. They can weigh more than two kilos , but retain an amazing agility , being able to jump almost 10 Metters of tree to tree. Its flexibility makes it practically unattainable for predators, in turn, which have greater strength than normal squirrels.
For years experts have wondered what it could be that gives them those colors. At first it was thought that it could be the food , an outrageous diet of some fruits, nuts and tree bark, which are stored in the treetops rather than underground. But it is still a very vague guess at the moment.
to survive against threats, these squirrels instead of climbing the trees, flattened against them to look like part of the cortex, a pretty nifty skill.
The juggling squirrel is difficult to find but not necessarily in danger of extinction. Although its population is small, this is because the species is already solitary . These animals do not suffer directly from hunting , but the exploitation of the habitat by man has harmed them. In 2016 entered together with other animals, to the red list of threatened species, living in an area that over time is rapidly deforested.