Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
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Describer (Year): Linnaeus (1758)
Species: Lemur catta
Body Weight: 2.2 kg (4.9 lb)
Body Length: 385-455 mm (15-18 in)
Tail Length: 560-624 mm (22-25 in)
Pelage: Body gray and white; black and white
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: southern Madagascar
Habitat: brush and deciduous forest
IUCN Status: Endangered (2018 assessment)
CITES Status: Appendix I
U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Endangered
Populations in the wild: No recent global estimates.
Locomotion: Quadrupedal and bipedal
Activity Cycle: Diurnal
Social Groups: 3-27; consists of females, offspring, and males.
Communication: Diverse vocal repertoire and scent-marking.
Diet: In the wild, 30+ plants eaten; primarily eat fruit and leaves. Kily tree parts are a staple. In managed care, commercial biscuits, fruits, vegetables, greens, and browse are offered.
Predators: Humans, birds of prey, snakes, cats, dogs, fossa.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Sexual Maturity: Females c. 24 months
Gestation: 134-144 days
Litter Size: 1-3; triplets are rare
Neonate Weight: 50-80 g (1.8-2.8 oz)
Age at Weaning: 4-6 months
Typical Life Expectancy:
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