Tree Squirrel

(Paraxerus cepapi)

The tree squirrel are solitary or in pairs. They spend a large amount of time on the ground in search of food. When disturbed, they make great haste in retreating to the nearest tree.

Squirrel with a nut

Tree Squirrel

Tree Squirrels live in holes in trees, lining the nests with grass. They have a peculiar call which is often mistaken for a being the sound of a bird. They are preyed upon by black mamba, hawks, genets, wild cats, pythons and mongooses. Their distribution extends from northern zululand, mocambique, eastern transvaal, rustenburg and waterberg districts, through to south-eastern Botswana and Zimbabawe.