Head and body length, 34-45 cml tail, 38-49 cm
Uknown; populations declining
Deciduous and mixed deciduous and moist evergreen forests of peninsular India, particularly Western Ghats mountains.
Super squirrel? The indian giant squirrel may not be able to fly, but its acrobatic exploits are still out of this world. When chased, it can leap as far as six meters in a single bound, using its large tall as a counterweight for balance. Its powerful claws come in handy too, allowing the squirrel to hang from branches while leaving its arms free to handle food. Truly at home in the trees—where it lives in a complex social system marked by territoriality and dominance—the squirrel builds dome-shaped nests far above the ground. But not entirely out of reach of danger. In addition to predators, it faces the human threats of poaching and deforestation.