Tropical Rainforest Animals
Common Tree Shrew
Common Tree Shrew
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Insects (particularly ants), spiders, seeds, buds, probably also small birds and mice
Order: Scandentia: Tree Shrews 
Size: body:14 - 23 cm (5 1/2 - 9 in), tail: 12 - 21 cm (4 3/4 - 8 3/4 in)
Family: Tupaiidae: Tree Shrews Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Tupaia glis Habitat: rainforest, woodland, bamboo scrub
Range: South and Southeast Asia: India to Vietnam and Malaysia, Southern China, Indonesia

Range of Common Tree ShrewA squirrel-like creature, with a long, bushy tail, the common tree shrew is active and lively, climbing with great agility in the trees but also spending much of its time on the ground, feeding. Its diet is varied and includes insects (particularly ants), spiders, seeds, buds and probably also small birds and mice. It normally lives alone or with a mate. Breeding seems to occur at any time of year, and a rough nest is made in a hole in a fallen tree or among tree roots. In Malaysia, where breeding of this species has been most closely observed, females produce litters of 1 to 3 young after a gestation of 46 to 50 days. The newborn young are naked, with closed eyes, but are ready to leave the nest about 33 days after birth.


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