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Tree Squirrel

Afrikaans name: Boomeekhoring

Tree Squirrels near Letaba

Tree Squirrels are common in Kruger National Park

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Paraxerus cepapi

Interesting facts about Tree Squirrels

The Tree Squirrel is also known as the Yellow-footed or Smith's Bush Squirrel. Squirrels are one of the cuter members of the rodent family.

They are found over a wide area from South Africa to Tanzania.

They are active during the day time and are commonly seen in some areas like camp sites in Kruger National Park. At night small family groups of Tree Squirrel shelter in holes in tree trunks.

Squirrels are predominantly vegetarian and their main food is seeds. They will, however, eat insects as well.

Tree Squirrels are territorial and will chase their young away when they become sexually mature. Although the male squirrel is mainly responsible for defending their territory the female does do it as well.

Tree squirrels may be seen on the ground or in trees. When startled they will quickly make their way up a tree until danger has passed.

Tree Squirrel at Berg-en-Dal Camp, Kruger National Park

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References and further reading

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 48

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 90

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 90

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 144

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 331

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 66

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 163

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 154

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 420

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 33

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 40

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 198

List of South African Mammals

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