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Palawan Tree Shrew

Palawan Tree Shrew Range Map (Philippines)
Palawan Tree Shrew Range Map (Philippines)

Latin Name Tupaia palawanensis
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Philippines
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Main Characteristics

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


Palawan Tree Shrews are endemic to the Philippines and they are widespread on Palawan Island.


Palawan 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.


There are no subspecies of the Palawan Tree Shrew.

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

Slender Tree Shrew
Common Tree Shrew
Mountain Tree Shrew
Northern Tree Shrew
Painted Tree Shrew
Nicobar Tree Shrew
Golden-Bellied Tree Shrew
Long-Footed Tree Shrew


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