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Lemur (Ring-tailed)

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Lemur catta
Lemur (Ring Tailed)


All lemurs live on the island of Madagascar.


Ring-tailed lemurs live in the southern part of the island in open country and thin forests.

Body Traits

Ring-tailed lemurs can be up to 3.5 feet long, including their lengthy tails, which are longer than their bodies. Their bushy tail has black and white rings. They weigh from 5 - 8 pounds.


Unlike other lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur usually walks on the ground or sits on large limbs in open trees. Other lemurs prefer thick forests and travel through the trees. They are active during the day (diurnal).


Lemurs are vegetarians, eating leaves and fruit. They live in groups of 5 to 30 members with females ruling the group.


Predators are hawks, eagles and man.

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Females have 1-2 young. They are pregnant for about 4 months (gestation).

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live up to 15 years in the wild. They are listed as a "vulnerable" species.

Lemur (Ring Tailed)
Lemur (Ring Tailed)


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

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