Mindanao treeshrew

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Mindanao treeshrew[1]
Scientific classification

Mearns, 1905
U. everetti
Binomial name
Urogale everetti
(Thomas, 1892)
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Mindanao treeshrew range

The Mindanao treeshrew (Urogale everetti), also called the Philippine tree shrew, is a species of treeshrew endemic to the Mindanao region in the Philippines.[2] It is the only member of the genus Urogale. The scientific name commemorates British colonial administrator and zoological collector Alfred Hart Everett.

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found, as its name suggests, in Mindanao, in the Philippines. It lives in rain forests and montane forests.


It is the heaviest treeshrew, weighing about 355 g, and is terrestrial.[3] The body is 17–20 cm, and the tail is 11–17 cm. It has a particularly elongated snout and a rounded, even-haired tail. The fur is brownish, but with orange or yellow underparts.

It is diurnal in its habits, and it climbs well and runs fast on the ground.


Its diet is varied. It includes insects, lizards, young birds, bird's eggs, and fruit.


In the wild, it is thought to nest on the ground or on cliffs. Their breeding habits have been observed in captivity, where females have produced one or two young after a gestation period of 54–56 days.


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  2. ^ a b Tabaranza, B.; Gonzalez, J. C.; Ambal, G. & Heaney, L. (2008). "Urogale everetti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  3. ^ Napier JR, Napier PH. (1968) A handbook of living primates. Morphology, ecology and behaviour of nonhuman primates. Academic, London
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