Lemur

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  1. Lemurs can reach 3.6 to 27 inches in length and 1.1 ounce to 20 pounds of weight.
  2. The Dwarf mouse lemur is the smallest species of lemur, while the Indri lemur is the largest.
  3. Lemur has thin fur that can be black, grey, brown or reddish colored.
  4. Lemurs has pointed nose, huge eyes and long bushy tail that is much longer than the rest of the body (it can reach 22 to 25 inches in length in the large species).
  5. The lemur has human-like hands with opposable thumbs and flat fingernails.
  6. Their second toe on the hind feet is equipped with claw that is used for grooming.
  7. Lemurs are a very intelligent animal. They can learn to use tool and perform simple arithmetic tasks.
  8. The name lemur means “spirits of the night” in Latin, and it refers to the nocturnal nature of these animals. Despite the name, some lemurs are also active during the day.
  9. Lemurs are adapted to the life in the trees, but some species, such as ring-tailed lemur, spend plenty of time on the ground.
  10. They can stand on two legs, but always walks on four legs.
  11. Lemurs eat fruit, leaves, flowers, tree sap and bark. Their plant-based diet is occasionally supplemented with small vertebrates and insects.
  12. Lemurs can slow down its metabolism and hibernate when food is scarce (the only primate that hibernates). Wow, I want to do that!
  13. Most species of lemur live in family groups of around 15 animals. Groups can be composed of animals of both or only one gender. The dominant female is the leader of the group.
  14. Lemurs communicate via scent from the glands on the feet and buttocks, via loud screeching noise and by using their long tails.
  15. The only natural enemies of lemurs (besides humans) are fossa and the harrier hawk.
  16. Lemurs mate only when there is plenty of food. Pregnancy lasts 9 to 24 weeks (depending on the species), and ends with 2 babies in most cases. Different species of lemur can interbreed in the captivity and create new hybrid species.
  17. Lemurs can survive around 18 years in the wild and up to 30 years in the captivity.
  18. Here is a lemur fun fact- Lemurs bask in sunlight during the morning and it is often a group activity. I never knew they liked to tan themselves!

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