Indian Palm Squirrel is a common species from rodent family. We often fed it with fruits and cooked food.
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This species of squirrel, with three stripes on the back, is found in the southern India. There is a story in Hindu epic regarding this. While Lord Rama and Vanaras were building sethu (bridge) to Lanka, a squirrel came and contributed its part by putting some sand. By seeing the small squirrels faith and dedication, Lord Rama was pleased and caressed its back, and the three stripes on its back is believed to be Lord Rama’s finger marks.
Indian Palm Squirrel belongs to the family Sciuridae (squirrels).
Species: Funambulus palmarum.