This small dark squirrel can look even darker in the dimness of a rainforest. There are three faint stripes on its chocolate brown coat. The tail is relatively smaller than other squirrel species. Frequents forest patches in the wet zone and hardly seen in urban habitat. Unlike other squirrels it doesn’t feed on the ground and always scatters for cover at the slightest inkling of danger. Consumes a mixed diet of flowers, tender shoots, fruits and insects.