Meet the Malabar giant squirrel, the squirrel so colorful people can’t believe it’s real

No one thinks of the squirrel as a particularly exotic or interesting animal. Chances are if you look in your backyard right now, you’ll probably find one—they’re very common animals.

But if you venture into the forests of India, you might just find a squirrel who will take your breath away.

Meet the Malabar giant squirrel:

Yes, far from the ordinary squirrels you’ll find climbing trees in your neighborhood, this animal is so vividly colorful it’s hard to even believe it’s real.

Their unique fur can be found in different shades like brown and orange, and maroon and purple colors rarely found in mammals.

You might think that their conspicuous colors would be a drawback by making them stand out to predators, but in fact it actually helps them survive.

“In the shaded understory of a dense forest, the patchy colors and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection,” squirrel expert John Koprowski told The Dodo.

“But when you see these in the sunlight, they show their ‘true colors’ and beautiful pelage.”

Not only are they among the most colorful squirrels in the world, they’re also some of the largest.

Their head and body can grow from 10 inches to 1 foot 8 inches, with an even longer tail.

While they’re amazing to look at, it might be a challenge to actually find one in the wild. They live in the forests of India, hopping from tree to tree and rarely touching the ground. They’re also known to be quite shy.

Their population is doing well, currently listed on the IUCN Red List as “least concern,” although deforestation could threaten them if unchecked.

But John Koprowski says these squirrels always find a way of surviving.

“They have a wide distribution and seem to tolerate human presence and even some modest level of low-density housing,” he told The Dodo.

“They’re part of a group of squirrels that is pretty ancient. They’re a unique evolutionary group that’s been here a long time, which is a good thing.”

Wow, what a beautiful animal! We had no idea squirrels could be this stunning. Share this story if you love these giant squirrels!

Related Posts

Never stop creating: Explore the captivating architecture of houses built from ancient tree trunks in Poland

Home Nature Under a hollow tree in Chudów, Poland, is a house called Topola Tekla. Topola Tekla, a residence in Chudów, Poland, is tucked away in a…

Provocative Display of Intimate Anatomy (Video)

Natυre has always mesmerized υs with its captiʋatiпg Ƅeaυty aпd astoпishiпg diʋersity. From majestic laпdscapes to iпtricate ecosystems, the пatυral world пeʋer ceases to amaze. Howeʋer, there…

exрɩoгe the Diverse and Colorful World of Bananas: An Intriguing Journey of Exploration

Embarking on a journey of wonder and discovery through the world of Ƅananas is an experience like no other. As you exрɩoгe the vast range of varieties,…

Eyewitnesses were ѕһoсked when a snake suddenly appeared next to the man as he was walking along the street (VIDEO).

  One man’s peaceful prayer was unexpectedly interrupted when a live snake appeared at his side. The іпсіdeпt, which took place in a rural area of India,…

Investigate the hidden lair of an astonishing 15 meter long eⱱіɩ python (video)

Prepare to be amazed as we delve into the remarkable discovery of an ancient giant snake that has sent shockwaves tһгoᴜɡһoᴜt the world. Measuring an astonishing 15…

Investigate a 200-year-old home with a hidden ɡіɡапtіс snake cave to solve the riddle.(video)

  Tһe ѕeсгet to ѕᴜгⱱіⱱіпɡ а сoЬга Ьіte іѕп’t ісe oг а toᴜгпіqᴜet, апd іt сeгtаіпɩу іѕп’t ѕᴜсkіпɡ ⱱeпom oᴜt of ап oрeп woᴜпd. Iпѕteаd, oпe of…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *