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Potto (Golden)

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Arctocebus aureus
Potto (Golden)


The golden potto is found in Africa in Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.


They live in forests and are good climbers (arboreal).

Body Traits

They are 1.5 feet long, including their tail and weigh about 3 pounds.


They live alone and active at night (nocturnal).


They eat insects mostly, but they also eat fruit.


Predators are snakes, birds of prey and wild cats.

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Females are pregnant for about 4-5 months (gestation) giving birth to one baby.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live for more than 20 years. They are listed as Lower Risk - near threatened on the CITES List (International List).

Potto (Golden)


Kingdom    Animalia
Phylum    Chordata
Class    Mammalia
Order    Primates
Family    Loridae
Genus    Arctocebus
Species: Arctocebus aureus

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