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The northern palm squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) also called the five-striped palm squirrel is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. Native to South Asia and Iran, It is a semi-arboreal species found in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forest and many other rural and urban habitats. It is a common species with a wide range and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of “least concern”.


The five-striped palm squirrel was first spotted on UAE soil in 2009 in Ras Al Khaimah. Since then, their population has increased dramatically, now spanning almost the whole of the UAE from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, all the way to Dibba. The study found that the animals were probably introduced to the region as pets, however, they have since been released into the wild
and could be potentially problematic to local wildlife.



They have become an “extreme threat” in Australia where they were previously introduced, according to the National Pest Committee, as well as in their native India where they have created problems by eating fruit crops and birds’ eggs.

The northern palm squirrel is a common species throughout most of its wide range. It is an adaptable species and no particular threats have been identified.