Brazilian squirrel

The Brazilian squirrel (or Guianan squirrel) (Sciurus aestuans) is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus endemic to South America. It is found in South-eastern Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela.

Brazilian squirrel
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
S. aestuans
Binomial name
Sciurus aestuans
Linnaeus, 1766
  • S. a. aestuans
  • S. a. alphonsei
  • S. a. garbei
  • S. a. georgihernandezi
  • S. a. henseli
  • S. a. ingrami
  • S. a. macconnelli
  • S. a. poaiae
  • S. a. quelchii
  • S. a. venustus
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Brazilian squirrel's range

It is a dark brown squirrel that feeds mainly on fruits and nuts, but can also prey on eggs and the young of birds.


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