Species Details

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Himalayan Striped Squirrel Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Tamiops macclellandi
Family : Sciuridae
Order : Rodentia
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Western Striped Squirrel
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)
Description : Adult Western Striped Squirrels typically measure between 8 and 10 inches (20-25 cm) in length, including their tail.

The fur of the Western Striped Squirrel is predominantly grayish-brown, with a distinctive dorsal stripe of black and white running along its back. They also have white underbellies and reddish-brown cheeks.

These squirrels are found in a variety of forested habitats, including pine, oak, and mixed-conifer forests, as well as riparian areas.

Western Striped Squirrels are primarily arboreal, spending most of their time in trees. They are active during the day and are known for their agility and quick movements.

The diet of the Western Striped Squirrel consists of a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects.

Breeding typically occurs in the spring, with females giving birth to litters of 3-5 young after a gestation period of around a month.

The Western Striped Squirrel is considered a species of "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to its relatively wide distribution and stable population. However, like many species, it is susceptible to habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activities.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:Wikipedia , iucnredlist.org; photo credit:David Renoult (iNaturalist), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.