• Laboratory evaluation of poison-base for the control ofFunambulus pennanti

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      Funambulus pennanti ; poison-base; bait preference; additives; calorific requirement; squirrel

    • Abstract


      Funambulus pennanti, the northern palm squirrel preferred wheat in its different forms out of ten cereals and oil seeds offered. It is revealed that the squirrels are selective feeders since out of eleven forms, i.e., whole, cracked, roasted and flour, wheat was found to be most palatable in seven trials followed by bajra (three trials) and jowar once. The addition of vegetable oils, salt and sugar does not enhance the bait acceptance. However, they preferred sugar in comparison to salt, and arachis and sesame oils. Wheat in its whole form is, therefore, recommended for use as a poison base for the control ofF. pennanti. In the absence of wheat, cracked bajra can also be used, which is the next preferred bait. The calorific requirement ofF. pennanti ranges from 16·18 to 34·98 k cal/100 g body weight/day when the bait is provided in single food choice.

    • Author Affiliations


      B K Soni1 I Prakash1 R P Mathur1

      1. Coordinating and Monitoring Centre, Rodent Research and Training, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur - 342 003, India
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