Philippine Pygmy Squirrel (Exilisciurus concinnus)
We spotted this Philippine pygmy squirrel climbing a coconut tree near our front porch very early this morning. Found only in the Mindanao Faunal Region this endemic species is also called the Mindanao pygmy squirrel. Locally it’s known as “buot“.
The Philippine pygmy squirrel feeds on insects and their larvae and also the moss that grows abundantly on trees in this humid climate. They seem to be especially fond of ripe guavas, too.
Widespread and abundant within its range, this pygmy squirrel’s conservation status is “Least Concern”.
Edit: The squirrel came back the next day, too. This time across our yard and knocking guavas from a tree. Playful and fast, they may be cute but are a challenge to photograph!