Northern Tree Shrew

Latin name Tupaia belangeri
Class Mammals
Order Scandentia
Family Tupaiidae
Habitat Primary and Secondary forest, palm oil and coconut plantations
Distribution South East Asia
IUCN Status Least Concern

General Information

Tree shrews resemble small, long nosed squirrels. Despite their name they spend most of their time on the ground foraging for insects, fruit, leaves, small mammals and lizards. They use their sharp nails and naked foot pads to help them to climb easily. Their excellent hearing, sight and strong sense of smell help them in their search for food.

Lifespan: up to 10 years in captivity.

Fun Fact

Tree shrew babies are only fed once every 2 days and the mother only enter the nest to feed them.

Keeper Notes

Our tree shrews love to sun bathe and lie flat out basking on sunny days.