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BiologyDespite being discovered over one hundred years ago (6), the flightless scaly-tailed squirrel is the least known of all the Anomaluridae species (1), a group that is poorly known because of the remote area they inhabit. All other Anomalures are nocturnal (5), but some believe that the flightless scaly-tailed squirrel may actually be diurnal (4) (6). It is thought to have a vegetarian diet (4), and rest in hollow trees (6). Like other Anomalures, it may give birth to two litters of one to three young each year (4) (5). Anomaluridae young are well-developed at birth, with open eyes and thick fur, and grow fast as they are suckled by the mother. The young are weaned on chewed food stored in the parent's cheek pouches (2).