| "Variegated" doesn't begin to describe this squirrel's wardrobe. There are eight distinctly different coat patterns. Individuals can be orange and black, yellow and black, mostly orange, mostly white, all dark brown or black, white with a black midline, or intermediate variations of these color morphs. Sciurus variegatoides has a wide range, from Mexico through Central America to Panama, and many subspecies have been named. It is found in both dry and humid tropical forests, at elevations from sea level to 2,500 m. Within one locality, adult squirrels of both sexes can vary widely in size.
Like all tree squirrels, Variegated Squirrels are diurnal. They spend less time on the ground than some. Researchers watched them take acorns from trees, but did not see the squirrels scavenge on the ground, nor was there any sign that they buried or otherwise stored food items. They also eat fruits and fungi, and seem to prefer softer fruits to very hard nuts.
Total Length: 510-560 mm; Tail: 240-305 mm
Ogilby, 1839. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1839:117.
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