Southern Amazon red squirrel

Southern Amazon red squirrel

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Sciurus spadiceus

The southern Amazon red squirrel, is a squirrel species from South America where it inhabits forests in much of north-western South America east of the Andes. Three subspecies are currently recognised. It is a dark red colour, or a dark brown grizzled with ochre, has whitish underparts and grows to a total length of 48 to 63 cm, including a very long tail. It spends much of its time on the ground in the undergrowth and feeds largely on nuts. Little is known of its breeding habits, but it is a sociable species, several individuals often feeding together in one tree. This squirrel faces no particular threats, has a wide range and is relatively common, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists it as a "least-concern species".

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1. Southern Amazon red squirrel Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Amazon_red_squirrel
2. Southern Amazon red squirrel on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/20022/115155594

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