Field Notes on Pigmy Squirrels

Botany survey with Singapore Botanic Garden and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Ng Bloh RS (LEWS) on 20th February until 8th March 2017.


Bornean Pigmy Squirrel (Exilixciurus exilis), Sabah, Malaysia. Photo credit to Ch’ien C. Lee.

Bornean Pigmy Squirrel (Exilisciurus exilis) is the second smallest squirrel after it is lost to Emily’s Pigmy Flying Squirrel (Petaurillus emiliae) for the title of the world’s smallest squirrel. As far as i have been working in the forest of Sarawak and Sabah, E. exilis is the most common forest squirrels I’ve seen. Even though they are small but the squeaking sounds of its call is very loud especially during the mid-afternoon when birds and insects are silent.

The recent trip is my second trip to Ng Bloh Research Station (NBRS) and the presence of this pigmy squirrel always attract me. In front of the hostel building, there is a few tall trees and observation can be done easily from the front porch where table and chairs is set up. I have decided to observed these pigmy squirrels closely during this trip. Continue reading