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The Northern Tree Shrew lives in South-east Asia, and they can live up to 12 years.
Their diet consists of insectivorous and some fresh fruits and seeds.
They are terrestrial, primarily tree-dwelling residing in forests and natural scrub vegetation.
Continually breeding throughout the year, females bear 1-5 pups. She will build a separate nest rear her young in, spending less than 25 minutes in total with her young during the first 4 weeks of to their lives.
About the Northern Tree Shrew
The Northern Tree Shrew is a brown coloured mammal with short, furless ears and a large, wet nose. This animal is very similar to long nosed squirrels as well as some of the earliest mammals. Its eyes are large, dark and lashless. Their long, bushy tail is curved upwards. These animals are excellent climbers due to the sharp nails and naked pads on their feet.
These mostly tree-dwelling animals are unusual among small mammals because they are active by day. Tree shrews are very nervous, inquisitive, and generally aggressive animals. Living in pairs, they will vigorously defend their territory against other shrews. They are extremely active and have alternating periods of foraging and resting every hour or so throughout the day
Did you know?
Tree Shrews lack whiskers, so they must rely on their vision, smell and hearing to detect prey.