Flying Lemur

posted: 04/29/14
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Flying Lemur
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Flying Lemur

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: The tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Young flying lemurs don't grow to be full-sized until the age of two or three.

What I Like to Eat: We are vegetarians and like to munch on all parts of the trees including leaves, bamboo shoots and branches. We also like sap and fruit.

I'm Also Known As: Colugo

The Biggest Misconception About Us: We don't fly.

The Second Biggest Misconception About Us We are NOT related to the Lemurs found in Madagascar. People confuse us with those lemurs all the time. To be honest, we really aren't lemurs at all.

Who We Are: Small mammals that dwell in rainforests. We have flying membranes that are similar to the flying squirrels that allow us to skillfully glide long distances from tree to tree.

Behavior: We are nocturnal, arboreal creatures which means we live most of our lives in trees

What We Look Like: We are tiny creatures weighing in from two to four pounds. Our colors are grey with a hint of green. We are about the size of a large squirrel. Our heads are tiny and our eyes are large giving us excellent vision. Our large wingspan spans up to about 27 inches. The patagium is the membrane that covers our entire body. It is the fold of skin that connects our shoulder to our fore-paw and continues to extend between our limbs and the tip of our long tails. This is what allows us to glide so eloquently.

Climbers: We are better gliders than climbers. Actually, we find climbing awkward for us since our size makes us not very strong and we don't have opposite thumbs.

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