Sneaky Squirrel

I’ve been going a lot to the woods near my home these days, discovering this beautiful backyard of mine. We often go for walks there, but it’s only recently I’ve been noticing the Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Dollarbirds, Mynas, Starlings, Koels, once even an Ashy Minivet and a Large-tailed Nightjar. Oh, and I forgot to mention. A bunch of squirrels.

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The most common native squirrel species in Singapore are the Plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatu), the one in the picture above, and the Slender squirrel (Sundasciurus tenuis) which is a pain to identify with its confusing squeaks that sound just like a bird’s chirp. The Slender is sneaky enough but equally so is the Plantain. I jump every time these creatures shake the palm trees above my head- only to run down quickly the tree trunk, nibbling on a fruit or nut. But then I fall for those big, brown rodent eyes that stare at me so curiously.

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6 thoughts on “Sneaky Squirrel

  1. There are other native squirrel species here too! While the Slender and Plantain are the most common, you can also find the red-bellied squirrel and a bunch of other species in the interior. Supposedly. Great pictures!

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