| Collie's Squirrel, named for the surgeon on a British ship that explored the west coast of Mexico in the early 1800s, is common in thick, dry, tropical lowland forests. Several other squirrels share parts of its range in western Mexico, and most are not easily distinguished from Collie's. Fig trees and coquito palms are favorites; it eats figs and palm nuts, and nests in cavities or in big, round leaf nests built on bushy branches. It spends much more time in the trees than on the ground, and is most active early and late in the day, although when the skies are overcast, it may be active in midday as well. Little is known about reproduction, but females have been found carrying three embryos.
Total Length: 440-578 Tail: 203-300
Richardson, 1839. The Zoology of Captain Beechey's voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Strait in H.M.S. Blossom, London 1825-28, p. 8.
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