Pygmy Slow Loris
Estimated Wild Population
Less than a foot long, pygmy slow lorises are most easily identified by their huge brown eyes, which help them spot prey in the dark. Their short brown-and-gray coat varies from individual to individual. They have opposable thumbs and strong hands and feet that help them climb trees—albeit very slowly. These primates are nocturnal and arboreal, foraging and hunting in the trees at night. They eat insects, tree gum, small fauna, fruit, and flower nectar.
Interesting Fact 1
While hunting, pygmy slow lorises remain motionless until their prey comes within striking distance.
Interesting Fact 2
Their specialized extremities allow them to hang from branches for extended periods.
Interesting Fact 3
Slow lorises are the only primates with a venomous bite, which they use to defend themselves against rivals and predators.
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