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. lis
Binomial name
Sciurus lis
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Japanese squirrel's range

Japanese squirrels are mammals endemic to Japan.

Appearance[change | change source]

They are about 16–22 cm height and 300g weight. They have long tail about 13–17 cm long. Their backs are reddish brown during summer, and gray during winter. There are white colors on its stomach and end of the tale.

Living area[change | change source]

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

Food and water[change | change source]

Japanese squirrels eat Japanese walnuts. They eat vegetable matter except seeds during spring.

Reproduction[change | change source]

They reproduct from spring to summer about 2 to 6 children. It has offspring every one to two years.

Threats[change | change source]

Japanese squirrels' enemies are such as snakes, owls, eagles and fox.

Relationship with humans[change | change source]

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.

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.
  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.