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Nicobar Tree Shrew

Nicobar Tree Shrew Range Map (Nicobar Islands)
Nicobar Tree Shrew Range Map
(Nicobar Islands)

Latin Name Tupaia nicobarica
Conservation Status Endangered
Location Nicobar Islands, India
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Main Characteristics

Nicobar Tree Shrews have a slender build and a long tail. They have well developed senses of hearing, smell and vision.


Nicobar Tree Shrews are only found on the Nicobar Islands, India.


Nicobar Tree Shrews are omnivores and they feed on a variety of insects, small vertebrates, fruit and seeds.


After a gestation period of approximately 50 days, a litter of 3 - 4 young are born. At birth the young are blind and hairless, but they are able to leave the nest when they are a month old.

Tree Shrews reach sexual maturity at around 4 months old and they generally breed throughout the year with no defined breeding season.


Subspecies of the Nicobar Tree Shrew include:

Tupaia nicobarica nicobarica
Tupaia nicobarica surda

Interesting Facts

Tree Shrews have the highest brain to body mass ratio of any animal, even higher than humans.

Tupaia comes from the Malay word "tupai" which means squirrel.

Similar Animals

Pygmy Tree Shrew
Common Tree Shrew
Indian Tree Shrew
Northern Tree Shrew
Painted Tree Shrew
Calamian Tree Shrew
Northern Smooth-Tailed Tree Shrew
Bornean Smooth-Tailed Tree Shrew


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