Thursday, July 27, 2017

Variegated Squirrel

Variegated Squirrels (Sciurus variegatoides) ran about the trees in the Bougainvillea Hotel garden. These callico-colored squirrels are found across much of Central America. They are diurnal, tree-dwelling squirrels that seldom venture onto the ground. They eat seeds, fruit, and insects. They do not hoard food, thus do not disseminate seeds like other squirrels.

Captive Variegated Squirrels brought to Europe have harbored bornaviruses, which cause numerous and sometimes fatal neurological disorders in humans and other mammals. These viruses have a world-wide distribution, but it is not known if the European animals became infected in Europe or brought the viruses with them from Central America (Wikipedia).

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