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Pondicherry- Indian Palm Squirrel

Indian Palm Squirrel

Common Name: Indian Palm Squirrel

Local Name: Anil (Tamil), Urundai Anil

Scientific Name: Funambulus palmarum


The Indian Palm Squirrel, also known as the Three-striped Palm Squirrel, is a small rodent characterized by three distinct white stripes running from head to tail on its back. Its body is covered with soft fur that is generally gray or brown. These squirrels are agile climbers and are often seen darting through trees and along walls. They have a bushy tail and sharp claws that aid in climbing. Adults typically weigh between 100 to 200 grams and measure around 20 to 30 cm in length, including the tail.


The Indian Palm Squirrel is widely distributed across the Indian subcontinent, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In Puducherry (Pondicherry), these squirrels are commonly found in urban areas, gardens, forests, and plantations. They have adapted well to human environments and are often seen in parks and around houses.


Habitat Loss: Urbanization and deforestation can lead to the loss of natural habitats for the Indian Palm Squirrel.

Predation: They face threats from natural predators such as birds of prey, snakes, and domestic animals like cats and dogs.

Human-Wildlife Conflict: Squirrels sometimes enter homes and can be considered pests, leading to conflicts with humans.

Pollution: Pollution and pesticide use can affect their food sources and health.

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