Description:

The Common Treeshrew may look like a squirrel but it is not a squirrel. It is categorized under Tupaia genus. Tupaia comes from a Malay word tupai meaning same mammals that resemble squirrels.

Common Treeshrew has long pointed snout and a row of pointed teeth along the jaws. Its shoulders and torso are reddish-brown above. The top of the head, limbs and tail are dark greyish brown. There is a yellowish ring around the eye and usually a whitish oblique stripe over the shoulders.

It forages mainly on the forest floor for insects and fruit.

 

Habitat:

Diurnal, inhabits forest and adjacent scrubland and parkland. In Singapore, it occurs in the Central Nature Reserves, the Western Catchment Area, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Botanic Gardens and Kent Ridge.

Size:

HB 15cm. Tail to 13cm

Status:

Widespread and common.

Distribution

Malay Peninsula and Sumatra

References:

Wild Animals of Singapore - Nick Baker | Kelvin Lim

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Common Treeshrew

Tupaia glis

 

 

 

 

 

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