© 1987-2002 Karl Lehmann.
The fat-tailed lemur lived in Africa, Europe and North America until
larger monkeys took these places. Their
forests were being destroyed, too. They now live on an African island
This lemur is about
the size of a small squirrel and lives by itself unless it is hibernating.
It is gray with a lighter belly and a light brown throat.
It is about 7-8 inches long and weighs about half a pound. It
lives between fifteen and twenty years.
It is a fruit eater but likes flowers, insects, and chameleons,
too. It lives in forests and
deserts. The animal is nocturnal.
It lives in the lower branches of trees. It moves slowly and
can't jump like other lemurs do. Its enemies are owls and birds of
season, the males fight for the females.
Two months after mating, two or three babies are born after a pregnancy
of 61 days. The babies have
fur and their eyes are open. The
adults go into hibernation first and then the babies snuggle up and do it,
This lemur hibernates
for about six months during the dry season.
It lives off stored fat in its tail in a nest high up in trees.
It might be in a tree hole. Sometimes
it digs a hole in the ground for hibernation.
Three to five lemurs will share the nest during hibernation. Its
temperature drops to as low as 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
They might have 3-5 lemurs curled together, but once hibernation is
over, they travel alone.
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