Slender loris

genus of mammals

The slender loris is a nocturnal hunter. It moves slowly through trees and grips branches tightly with its opposable thumbs and toes. When it attacks prey it goes closer and then snatches it with both hands.

Slender lorises [1]
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Gray slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus)
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DescriptionEdit

The slender loris is about the size of a squirrel, and has small finger nails. It has two brown eyes, and has white fur on its chest.

 
A slender loris skeleton displayed in a museum

HabitsEdit

The slender loris usually spends its time on trees. They like to groom and wrestle with each other.[source?]

FoodEdit

These animals eat insects, lizards, birds, but will also eat things like slugs, flowers, shoots, young leaves, and sometimes even eggs. They would also like termites and roaches for a tasty treat.[2]

HistoryEdit

Native people thought that the slender lorises had magical powers.[source?] It is not clear how many slender lorises survive in the wild.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 122. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Discovery, Sharks and Predators, P.39