Anomaluridae – Anomalures

Native to the forests of central Africa, this family of scaly-tailed squirrels contains seven species divided into three genera

Ranging in size from small to moderate, these rodents are often confused for squirrels. What is even more striking is that all species except one have gliding membranes that are very much like those found in flying squirrels, and just like flying squirrels, they are very agile gliders that leap from tee tops to tee tops.

They get their name from the pointed raised scales that are found on the underside of their tails. These scales apparently aim to anchor the animal against the tree surface during climbing and jumping. Anomalurids are large herbivores that feed on seeds and fruits but also consume insects occasionally.