squirrel eating coconut
Squirrel in Nepal

Northern Palm Squirrel

Common Name: Northern Palm Squirrel
Scientific Name: Funambulus pennanti
Nepali Name: Panch dharke lokharke ( पाँचघर्के लोखर्के )
Size: 13-16cm (body length)
Location: Budanilkhanta, Kathmandu, Nepal


These Northern Palm Squirrels are sighted in and around Kathmandu and normally live in the lowlands of Nepal with habitat ranging from urban to forests. This bold squirrel was spotted in Budanilkantha temple where it can get an easy meal of nuts and fruits offered by the devotees to the temple.