Facts: Tree shrews are small rodent-like arboreal mammals
that can only be found in Southeast Asia. Because they can climb
trees very well, you might think that they are squirrels. But
they aren't. Tree shrews have a longer, pointy snout.
the 1920s, based on findings on comparative studies of primate
and shrew skulls, muscles, and reproduction systems, scientists
proposed that tree shrews were actually related to primates,
an early offshoot of the primate evolutionary tree. But these
similarities are probably due to the facts that both creatures
are adapting to life in the trees.
tree shrews have been variously classified as primates or insectivores
before. But are now thought to be distinct from both and are
placed in their own order, Scandentia.
common tree shrew is arboreal but frequently hunts on the ground
for insects and lizards. The young are reared in a nest separated
from that of the mother and are suckled every other day.
lives in permanent pairs. Tree shrews may live for between two
to three years in the wild and display a strong degree of fidelity
to their mates.
17.0-23.5 cm, Tail 17 - 24 cm.
on insectes found on fallen trees and branches and fruits.
Diurnal and arobreal.
habitat in Central Catchment Area.
A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo - J. Payne and Charles M. Francis.
Brookfield Zoo (
Chicago Zoological Society )
Encyclopedia of Mammals
- E. Gould, G. McKay