Ring-tailed Lemur

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Design

The ring-tailed lemur’s eyesight is so keen that it can see in the dark. It is an important component of its environment’s ecology because it often eats seasonal fruit, the seeds of which it does not digest. It then passes the seeds in its waste, which then take root and grow. This helps replenish the vegetation of the island of Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Features

  • The ring-tailed lemur is recognized by its long tail with distinctive black and white bands, which are unique among all the lemurs.
  • Its body is mostly grey with white underparts. Its narrow face is white with black patches around the eyes, and a black muzzle.

Fun Facts

  • The ring-tailed lemur is the only true lemur that has scent glands, which it uses to mark its territory. Two opposing males will often have “stink-fights.”
  • Lemurs are known to sunbathe in the morning, sitting with legs extended to effectively draw in heat.
  • This is one of 22 species of lemurs, all of which only occur on the island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Mozambique, Africa.

Created Kind Members

Black lemur, bamboo lemur

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Primates (prosimians)

FAMILY: Lemuridae (lemurs)

GENUS/SPECIES: Lemur catta

Size: Around 40 in (1 m) with tail

Weight: 5–7 lbs (2–3 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Plants and insects

Habitat: Spiny desert, scrub, and dry forest of Madagascar