Smith’s Bush Squirrel

The Smith’s Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi) is also called the Tree Squirrel or the Yellow-Footed Squirrel. It is a common African bush squirrel – it is a rodent mammal.

The Smith’s Bush Squirrel has pale grey to brown short fur. Its head and legs are a rusty colour. It has large dark eyes, small ears, and short, black whiskers. Its chest varies from yellowish to buff or white. Its belly is white, and its feet are yellowish. Its tail is long and bushy.

Smith's Bush Squirrel

Smith’s Bush Squirrel

It grows to 35 centimetres (14 inches) long – half of this measurement is its tail.

The Smith’s Bush Squirrelis diurnal, active during the day. It is native to eastern and southern Africa. It is also arboreal – living in trees – but it spends a long time on the ground foraging for food.

It eats mainly plants, seeds, grass, and insects.

Territorial family groups nest together in holes in trees.

Smith's Bush Squirrel

Smith’s Bush Squirrel

Smith's Bush Squirrel

Smith’s Bush Squirrel

Smith's Bush Squirrel

Smith’s Bush Squirrel

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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