Berdmore's Ground Squirrel Menetes berdmorei
The Berdmore's Ground Squirrel (Menetes berdmorei) is a ground
squirrel found in Southeast Asia, from the east of Myanmar to Vietnam. It is
however absent on the Malay peninsula, as well as the islands. In
Thailand it is
found everywhere including the peninsular.
HB:184; T:140; HF:40
This rarely known squirrel has a grey brown back and a white belly. Most striking are stripes on the side - on each side one beige and below a black stripe. The head is pointy, so this squirrel resembles a mouse or a tree shrew. Its length is 20 cm (7.9 in), not including the 15 cm (5.9 in) long tail. The pelage of the upperparts and tail is grey agouti (or reddish brown agouti on the back); the hairs on the upperparts have alternating dark and light bands. The underparts are very light buff. The females have 3 sets of mammae.
As a ground squirrel it is rarely found on trees, but spends most of the time in the thick under woods of the rainforests. However it is also found in fields or villages, especially in rice fields it is sometimes omnipresent. Despite it being quite common only very little is known about the life of this squirrel. Despite its name, it is not a close relative of the ground squirrels of the tribe Marmotini
Red List Category
Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread species that is abundant in suitable habitat. It can tolerate habitat degradation, and the only current major threat to this species is total habitat conversion.