Northern palm squirrel / Five-striped palm squirrel / Funambulus pennantii

Northern palm squirrel / Five-striped palm squirrel / Funambulus pennantii

Just when I was preparing this post, I realized that Palm Squirrel comes in 2 types, divided by the line of the Vindhyachal mountain range! The similarly looking squirrel species have a minor difference.

Northern palm squirrel / Funambulus pennantii / Five-striped palm squirrel

The species of Palm Squirrels living north of the Vindhyachal have 5 white stripes on their brown back, and are thus called Five-Striped Palm Squirrel. They are known as Northern Palm Squirrel also. Their scientific name is Funambulus pennantii. The photos in this post are of this type of a squirrel. We photographed this cutie on the roof of the queen's palace in Chittorgarh.

Five-striped palm squirrel / Northern palm squirrel / Funambulus pennantii

The species of Palm Squirrels living south of the Vindhyachal have 3 white stripes on their brown back, and are thus called Three-Striped Palm Squirrel. They are known as Indian Palm Squirrel also. Their scientific name is Funambulus palmarum.

Five-striped palm squirrel / Funambulus pennantii / Northern palm squirrel

The difference is not quite noticeable unless you look keenly. Born and brought-up in India, even I did not know that the squirrels I have been seeing since my childhood come in two types, both types looking almost exactly the same.

Funambulus pennantii / Northern palm squirrel / Five-striped palm squirrel

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the Northern Palm Squirrel just as much as I enjoyed creating them :)

Funambulus pennantii / Five-striped palm squirrel / Northern palm squirrel

18 comments :

  1. Regardless of the number of stripes on their back, Bhavesh, they are so cute. Your got great pictures of them.

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    1. That is so correct; these squirrels are just so cute!

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  2. Wow those are fab close ups

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  3. Those are fabulous pictures! You are super talented. And I just learned a few things about the Palm Squirrel

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  4. Favorite picture has to be the second. I can't believe how big the little guy's feet are!

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    1. Unbelievable proportions :) Haha

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  5. Amazing photos -- he's so cute! My WW

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  6. They are so adorable... At times could be somewhat annoying if you get into your garage or something like that... but they are really cute and you got some awesome pictures

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    1. Hmm… their troubles automatically get avoided by their cuteness :) Squirrels are one of the cutest creatures of the world, indeed! :)

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  7. very sweet and nice photos .congr8s

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  8. Cutie pie, Adorable etc. etc.
    Too good photos
    Thanks.

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  9. This is news to me, Bhavesh! I thought there's one cute family of squirrel from Kashmir to Kanyakumari! Of course, with the exception of the giant Malabar Squirrel! Thanks a heap for this info......Mani Mwenon

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    1. My pleasure Mani :) Good part is that their cuteness does not vary by the number of stripes :)

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