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Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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Variegated Squirrel

Sciurus variegatoides dorsalis

The variegated squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides dorsalis) is the only squirrel species found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. It is abundant and diurnal, hence easily viewed. The S. v. dorsalis subspecies found here has no brown or red coloration, although rare leucistic individuals exist with blond replacing black coloration in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Variegated squirrels are especially active in the early morning, when they play vigorously.

Sciurus variegatoides dorsalis

This baby squirrel was raised after falling from a tree. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica.

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Once very outgoing and confident with humans, this squirrel, rescued from the pet trade, became wild again and stopped visiting us.

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Sciurus variegatoides

Sciurus variegatoides

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The environment of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is natural and nearly unspoiled. Variegated squirrels abound in this habitat.

 

Sciurus variegatoides

Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties in natural forest restoration.

 

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The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.

 

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Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estacioacute;n Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo by Belén Camino.

 

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Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

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Many species of snakes are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.

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This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.