Indian Tree Shrew

Anathana ellioti

Colour:         Grey/Brown

Length              17 - 20 cms (6.5 - 8 inches)

Tail        16 - 19 cms (6.5 - 7.5 inches)

Weight              150 g (5 oz)

Main Characteristics

Well developed senses of hearing, smell and vision.


Hill forests of central and southern India.

Active during the day and sleep in a rocks & tree hole at night.


Omnivores by nature and feed on a variety of insects, small vertebrates, fruit and seeds.


A litter of 3 - 4 young are born after a gestation period of approximately 50 days. 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.


Interesting Facts
Tree Shrews have the highest brain to body mass ratio of any animal, even higher than humans.

Important Tags

Indian Tree ShrewTupaiidae Anathana ellioti

Indian Tree Shrew
Scientific Name
Anathana ellioti
Anathana ellioti, Indian Tree Shrew, Jungli Gilahari, moongil anathaan


Bio-Diversity OF CG

Indian Tree Shrew (Anathana ellioti)
Colour:         Grey/Brown Length    &n

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