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Lemur (Black-and-white Ruffed)

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Varecia variegata
Lemur (Black-and-white Ruffed)


They are found on the island of Madagascar.


They live in the eastern rainforests.

Body Traits

They are one of the largest lemurs measuring up to 4 feet long, including their long tail. Their long tail doubles their length. They are slight in build though and usually weight less than 10 pounds. They are black and white with yellow eyes and white ear tufts.


They live in small groups and are territorial. They have loud calls to let other lemurs know where they are and to warn about predators. They are active during the day (diurnal).


They eat fruit and plants.


They are killed by snakes eagles, fossa and man.

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Females are pregnant for 3.5 months (gestation) and have 2-3 babies.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live 18-20 years. They are listed as endangered.

Lemur (Black-and-white Ruffed)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lemuridae
Genus: Varecia
Species: Varecia variegata

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