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Stunning images of exotic, giant squirrels with brightly-coloured three-tone fur coats make their British grey and red cousins pale in comparison.

The Malabar Giant squirrel spot a colourful patchwork of fur, with colours ranging from beige and tan to shades of brown and rust.

They’re double the size of their grey relatives and measure up to 36 inches from head to tail – and can leap an incredible 20 feet between trees and live deep in the forests of India.

They’re nuts! A brightly-coloured Malabar Giant squirrel prepares to bite down on a meal in the Pathanamthitta District of India

The three-toned rodents are double the size of their grey relatives and measure up to 36 inches from head to tail. They show off their vertical agility and strength (right) by clinging to the tree in the hunt for food

The athletic animals can leap an incredible 20 feet between trees and live deep in the forests of India where they scour the branches for nuts

One of the stunning rodents, also known as the Indian giant squirrel, prepares to leap between the branches in southern India

The exotic squirrels prefer the tops of trees to the ground, foraging for nuts, fruits and flowers far from the ground for safety.

‘In the shaded understory of a dense forest, the patchy colours and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection,’ John Koprowski, professor at the School of Natural Environment at the University of Arizona, told the Dodo. ‘But when you see these in the sunlight, they show their ‘true colors’ and beautiful pelage [fur].’

Photographer Kaushik Vijayan, 39, snapped the animals in their native habitat to produce a series of stunning images.

Vijayan, from Kerala State, India, said: ‘The response I see from the people on social media when I post a picture of the giant squirrels fuels my enthusiasm to go out there.

‘It was when I shared some of the photographs on social media many of my friends and followers came to know about the Malabar Giant Squirrel and they were all amazed by its appearance.

Photographer Kaushik Vijayan, 39, snapped the animals in their native habitat. This one nibbled on a nut while displaying excellent balance on the thin branches

The exotic squirrels prefer the tops of trees to the ground, foraging for nuts, fruits and flowers far from the ground for safety.

Their patchy colours and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection in the dense forests of India

The squirrel’s (one pictured nibbling on a leaf) sport a colorful patchwork of fur, with colors ranging from beige and tan to shades of brown and rust

‘Up until that point I had never heard about a squirrel like that or seen one. The sight was an absolute feast for my eyes.

‘The squirrels fascinated me and I got excited to capture this beauty on my camera.’

The amateur wildlife photographer, who works in finance in Saudi Arabia and has over 20,000 followers on Instagram has attracted thousands of likes and comments with the amazing pictures.

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