Meet These Beautiful Multicolored Giant Squirrels, They Are Too Awesome To Believe They Are Real

11The species of least concern

As of now, the Indian giant squirrels have been declared as the species of “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as they are not facing any threat of extinction but still the number of these giant squirrels is decreasing. Some measures need to be taken in order to protect these Indian giant squirrels.

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The species of least concern

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12The threat to these giant squirrels

The deforestation is a great threat to these giant squirrels as they are habitual of living on big trees and they rarely touch ground. The forest area is reducing every year which is a serious concern and it should be dealt strictly as it will not only harm these giant squirrels but also the entire wildlife.

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The threat to these giant squirrels

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13The predators of Indian giant squirrels

These Malabar giant squirrels are hunted by some birds such as hawk eagle, black eagle, brown fish owl and serpent eagle and sometimes Indian leopard also hunt them. Snakes of some breed also try to hunt these Indian giant squirrels. It is not easy to hunt them as they are quite fast as far as their movement on the trees is concerned.

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The predators of Indian giant squirrels

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14Life expectancy of Indian giant squirrels

A giant squirrel which was kept captive lived for 16 years, however; it won’t be possible for the giant squirrels to survive so long in the wild forests. The giant squirrels have to face a lot of problems in the wild and they also have to save themselves from the predators.

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Life expectancy of Indian giant squirrels

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15Interesting facts about Indian giant squirrels

Indian giant squirrels are known for playing important role in the process of seed dispersal. The giant squirrel is the state animal of the Indian state, Maharashtra and it has been given the name of “Shekru” in Marathi language. One more thing that is very interesting about them is that they like to have individual nests and don’t prefer to share it with their kids.

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Interesting facts about Indian giant squirrels

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