Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Tarsiidae
   Scientific Name : Tarsius

                  Colour : Grey, Brown, 
                                  Ochre, Golden
             Skin Type : Fur
                 Size(H) : 9cm - 16cm 
                                 (3.6in - 6.4in)
                 Weight : 80kg - 165kg 
                                 (2.8oz - 5.8oz)

           Top Speed : 40kph (24mph)
            Life Span : 12 - 20 years
 Most Distinctive 
               Feature : Long and powerful 
                                hind legs
             Fun Fact : Each eye weighs more 
                                than their whole brain!
  1. Tarsiers are small primates that are found predominantly in the forests of South-East Asia.
  2. Scientists have studied and documented about 18 different species of Tarsiers.
  3. They are characterised by enormous eyes, long hind legs and elongated fingers.
  4. Tarsiers have stocky bodies that is sparsely covered with brown, grey or ochre fur.
  5. They have padded fingertips and claws which help them grip prey and branches efficiently.
  6. Tarsiers live on trees and they are nocturnal creatures who are active at night.
  7. Their heads turn to 180 degrees, enabling them to keep watch without moving anywhere.
  8. Tarsiers have sharp eyesight and can see pretty clearly even in low light.
  9. Tarsiers are carnivorous and mainly eat insects, lizards, small birds and bats.
  10. They are shy and reclusive animals who usually keep to themselves.
  11. They have a sharp sense of hearing and can detect even the slightest noise.
  12. Tarsiers are endangered by loss of habitat due to encroachments and cultivation.
  13. Tarsiers have a gestation period of 6 months.
  14. The litter size of Tarsiers is typically only one baby at a time.
  15. Western Tarsier, Eastern Tarsier and Philippine Tarsiers are the most popular types of Tarsiers.
  16. Tarsiers are highly vocal; their calls are the easiest way to identify their species.
  17. They can live anywhere between 12 – 20 years, depending on the species.
  18. Tarsiers don’t live well or breed successfully in captivity.

 

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