Retraro de cabeza by Jose Luis Lopez Galvan
The Face by the Marlowe, Canterbury - July 2014
Indian giant squirrel (Malabar giant squirrel)
You will excuse me if I overwhelm you with giant squirrels, but I have a strange fascination for them. Not only their great size (measuring up to almost 46 cm in length, half of which is tail), and their beautiful color (red, black and white), or even their charming name, Ratufa indica; but also their behavior.
These squirrels are solitary and territorial. The sexes occupy separate territories that may overlap, but yet they share food. Squirrels with neighboring territories utilize common resources by a system of time-sharing and encounter avoidance…. they don’t fight!
Sadly, the total population is estimated at less than 5000 individuals occurring in fragmented subpopulations and the decline in population is expected to continue.
Photo credit: ©Aaru
Paul Newman, 1959, in a photo by Leo Fuchs