Tree Squirrel or Smith’s Bush Squirrel coat colour varies throughout the region. In the western and arid parts of its range it is pale grey, and in the eastern localities browner. Head and legs are a rusty colour. The colouration on the chest varies from yellowish to buffy in the east, to white in the west. The Tree Squirrels’ bellies are white. Primarily vegetarian, but like most rodents will take insect prey. Tree squirrels use their forefeet to manipulate food items when feeding. They scatter-hoard seeds next to tree trunks or grass tufts, thereby facilitating tree regeneration. Essentially arboreal animals, but spend a great deal of time on the ground, foraging for food. When disturbed, Tree Squirrels will always seek the refuge of trees.