Facts: The Variable Squirrel or Finlayson's squirrel is
native to Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam.
However, in recent years, several were spotted in the wild in
Singapore. Possibly, escapees or released by irresponsible pet
owners. The Variable Squirrel may look adorable but it may cause
threats to our biodiversity and habitat destruction. In Italy,
two pairs of the Variable Squirrel were released in a park in
the 1980s. Today, about fifty Variable Squirrels were reported
in the original release area. Variable Squirrels are known to
strip off tree barks, causing damages to the trees.
In Great Britain, the introduction of Grey
Squirrel has caused a progressive disappearance of the native
Red Squirrel. Will the Variable Squirrel threatens our native
Slender Squirrel and Plantain Squirrel?
Body 21cm, tail 22-24cm
Consists of fruits and seeds, flowers.
Active during day.