Yucatan squirrel

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Yucatan squirrel
Yucatan gray squirrel.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
Subgenus: Sciurus
Species: S. yucatanensis
Binomial name
Sciurus yucatanensis
J.A. Allen, 1877
Subspecies[2]
  • S. y. yucatanensis
  • S. y. baliolus
  • S. y. phaeopus

The Yucatan squirrel (Sciurus yucatanensis) is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus endemic to Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.

These squirrels live in forests, active during the day and resting at night, spending most of their time in trees. Their dreys (or nests) are built in branches from leaves and twigs. The squirrel's main diet consists of soft fruit, nuts and seeds. Females generally give birth to 2 or 3 young during the April to August dry season.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vázquez, E., Emmons, L., Reid, F. & Cuarón, A. D. (2008). Sciurus yucatanensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ Thorington, R.W., Jr.; Hoffmann, R.S. (2005). "Sciurus (Sciurus) yucatanensis". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. 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.