Plantain Squirrel collecting nesting material

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The above image shows a Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus), also known as Red-bellied Squirrel, collecting dried plant material from the nest of the Staghorn’s Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum). These are used to line its nest (below).

The nest is a spherical structure built high up in a tree, or in the image below, between the frond base of a Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda).

This squirrel s widespread in Singapore, found in nearly all habitats and commonly seen in urban areas. Its black and white stripe on each side of the body makes it easily recognised.

YC Wee
August 2014

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