| Deppe's Squirrel is too small to be hunted for food, and it prefers dense, humid forests with tangled vines, so it seldom comes into contact with humans. When it does, it tends to scurry to the far side of a tree trunk and then freeze. With its brownish or grayish coloring, it is not easily seen. People who plant corn in forest clearings are very aware of this squirrel, however, because the squirrels view a cornfield as a banquet table. They will climb a stalk and sit there, gnawing on an ear of corn, and they can do considerable damage to a crop. When corn is not available, they feed on acorns, palm nuts, berries and other fruits, seeds, fungi, and the occasional insect.
These squirrels nest in hollow tree trunks or build ball nests of twigs and leaves high in the branches. They breed year-round and usually have four offspring in a litter. Females have three pairs of nipples; most squirrels have four pairs. The number of litters they have in a year is not known.
Total Length: 343-387 mm; Tail: 182-188 mm
Peters, W., 1863. Monatsberichte Koeniglich Preussiche Akademie Der Wissenschaften, Berlin. 1863:654.
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