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Tree squirrel

The name of this delightful little animal – tree squirrel Paraxerus cepapi (A. Smith 1836) - is appropriate as it spends much of it’s time in the arboreal environment with frequent visits to the ground to forage. At the slightest hint of danger it will scurry to safety up the nearest available tree. It has a vegetarian diet feeding mainly on wild fruits, nuts, leaves and roots.

They usually occur as solitary individuals or pairs. Tree squirrels make a lot of use of vocal communication ranging from amorous murmurs to high-pitched whistle type alarm calls. A loud advertising call uttered from a prominent perch and accompanied by tail flicking is often mistaken for a bird call. The sleep and have their young in tree holes. Territories are marked by secretions of urine, lip glands and anal wiping.