Finlayson’s squirrel is an endangered animal found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It belongs to the rodents squirrel family. As a feature, it is a popular squirrel with a very cute gesture, but it is a squirrel that is curious but has an unusually strong alertness and is a little difficult to handle. Finlayson’s squirrels have a wide variety of feather colors. Currently, 17 kinds of different coat colors have been confirmed, and it is difficult to distinguish them. Although it was kept a little as a pet, the number of species is decreasing now, and the possibility of extinction has been pointed out. Named after Scottish naturalist and traveler George Finlayson.
It is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
It is 20 cm long, has a tail length of 20 cm, and weighs 250-350 g. His personality is curious, but his alertness is unusually strong, so he won’t let me touch it. There are 17 types of body colors that are currently confirmed, with large variations such as black, red, white, and partially different colors. Therefore, it is difficult to tell whether it is the same kind as Finlayson’s squirrel. Finlayson’s squirrels can live and live in a variety of wooded areas, such as urban gardens and parks. By the way, this squirrel is also exported to Italy and Singapore.
It is said that it has a lifespan of 7 years in the wild and about 12 years in captivity. Like other squirrels, it eats bark, sap, seeds, fruits, flowers, and sprouts. Mushrooms are also rarely eaten. It is arboreal and diurnal, and is known to be less active at night.
Finlayson’s squirrels are worried about their potential extinction in the future. Currently it is a level of low concern. Also, the damage caused by this squirrel is occurring. Tree dying due to bark peeling, agricultural damage to forestry and fruit trees, damage such as biting cables, etc. are occurring, and many people regard it as a vermin for those who are engaged in forestry and agriculture. Finlayson’s squirrels may also be electrocuted by biting cables.
They are so alert that I don’t know if they will become humans. If you keep it, the optimum temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius, so please grow it in an environment where you can maintain it at all times. Also, since you live in a birdhouse, please buy a birdhouse. You also need a large cage. Feed nuts and seeds. If you go to Southeast Asia, you can see wild Finlayson’s squirrels.