Japanese squirrel

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Japanese squirrel
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
S. squirrel
Binomial name
Sciurus squirrel
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Japanese squirrel's range

Japanese squirrels (Sciurus lis) are mammals endemic to Japan.

Japanese squirrels live on the main island of Honshu, Japan. They are locally extinct in Hokkaido.

Japanese squirrels eat Japanese walnuts. They eat vegetable matter except seeds during spring. They reproduce from spring to summer about 2 to 6 children. It has offspring every one to two years. Japanese squirrels' enemies are such as snakes, owls, eagles and fox. They were food for humans before. They were hunted for their far. They are now on the red list of Wildlife protection and Hunting, so they cannot be a pet.

Behavior[change | change source]

The Japanese Squirrel likes to jump from a Tree to another tree next to it, to jump, they use their tail, which helps it to steer. Their two back feet (also called the Hind Legs) can move 180 degrees to help it when it is climbing down a tree. [3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ishii, N. & Kaneko, Y. (2008). "Sciurus lis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Sciurus (Sciurus) lis". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 754–818. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4. OCLC 26158608.
  3. "Japanese squirrel". The Japan Times. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |dead-url= (help)