It’s time for “Helping Tomer Identify Small Mammals based on Terrible Pictures!”
So I didn’t do my homework on small mammals before goign to the CAR… So I kind of learned some of the squirrels and galagos as I went along. Well, the red-legged sun squirrels and the tiny but noisy green bush squirrels were readily identified (most of the time), and I got a good look at but no photos of Thomas’s rope squirrel twice. But the rest I’m kind of having trouble identifying:
- Could this be not a red-legged sun squirrel? It looked a bit smaller, and its leg, frankly, more red-legged than the rest:
- This squirrel looked more like pictures I saw of African Giant squirrel than of the red-legged sun squirrel. Any thoughts?
- The next one I think is for sure a rope squirrel… but which one?
- And then there’s this terrible picture:
- Finally, there’s what I believe is an actual red-legged sun squirrel. Confirmation?
Next is a galago:
- So if the pictures weren’t bad enough, check out this threesome of horrible, out of focus pictures:
So even though they’re out of focus and not sharp, you can clearly make out the contrasting whitish under-parts of the body and brownish limbs, wiht pink-ish/Orangish hands and feet. The head is definitely more grey than the belly, and it has a face the same color as the hands and legs. It looks like the tail is grey as is the back of the animal and is uniform. It was much smaller than the elegant needle-clawed galago (I have better pictures of that one, wiht the white tip of the tail, and its hands and feet aren’t this color), and larger and didn’t look anything alike the tiny Demidoff’s galago. From the mammal book they had, the only one that made sense to me was the squirrel galago, but what do you guys think?
- Now onto some mice. The fist one was seen along the River trail of Sangha Lodge. A wood mouse?
- And another individual down the trail, of probably the same species:
- Then a mouse that was caught outside of Cabin 1 in the lodge. We were actually going to release it further in the forest, but it fled the bag prematurely. Not before we measured its tail which was like 10-12 cm, I think:
- And finally, a couple of bats. I’m totally helpless on bats… the first one was really large, almost like a flying fox. It reminds me of what Coke Smith called a “signing fruit bat”, but that’s just a very superficial observation so, please feel free to correct me:
- And last (and maybe least), the bats behind the waterall at Bai Hoku. I think Coke named them Noak’s Roundleaf bats? To me, one looks different than all the rest. Again, sorry for the bad picture (I promise to have better pictures of larger animals in my upcoming report):
So that’s it! Thanks in advance to anyone who attempts to ID some of my least good pictures of the trip. I promise you the pangolin pictures are better 😉