The only squirrel species in Jordan. Grayish-brown upperparts with dark dorsal hair; yellowish-brown underparts; bushy tail used for balance; dark feet; sharp claws used for climbing trees.
Diurnal. Territorial; marks its territory with urine and feces. Collects and stores acorns in cavities and below ground.
Feeds mainly on pine seeds, some fruit, and leaves.
Endangered species. Occurs in pine and oak woodlands in the Northern Highlands, including the Dibbin Nature Reserve. Rare in Ajloun and Jerash. Nests in tree holes or on thick branches.