Yucatan squirrel

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Yucatan squirrel
Yucatan gray squirrel.jpg
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
  • 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 Southeast 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]


  1. ^ a b Vázquez, E.; Emmons, L.; Reid, F. & Cuarón, A. D. (2008). "Sciurus yucatanensis". 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) 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.