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Volume 4 | Number 2 | November 2012 v4i2.81 taprobanica 42 cover


Volume 4 | Number 2 | November 2012
Short Note
ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 16 June 2012
Accepted date: 3 July 2012
Published date: 14 November 2012
Pp. 117.

Cannibalism of Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus palmarum[/i)

G.M. Edirisinghe* & B.S.A.T.H. Sudasinghe
*E-mail: hsudasinghe@gmail.com

The palm squirrel is one of the common small mammals in Sri Lanka and the Indian Palm Squirrel ([i]Funambulus palmarum
) is the commonest of all being distributed throughout the island. All palm squirrels are essentially herbivores, however diet varies depending on the species. F. palmarum has a broad, opportunistic diet, consuming a range of foods that vary depending on season. Its diet includes nuts, a range of seeds, fruits, flowers, young shoots, barks, lichens and it occasionally eats insects such as termites and beetles.

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