Slow Loris – a slow-moving, joker-looking night mammal, is an incredible mammal. In this article here, we are going to take a look at some really amazing Slow Loris facts that will leave you awestruck! For example, do you know Slow Lorises are considered as mammals with supernatural powers? Before knowing some facts about Slow Loris, let us learn some facts about loris first.
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1. Loris is an arboreal (animal which lives on trees) and slow-moving animal. It belongs to the family Lorisidae. It is nocturnal.
2. The word “loris” originated from the Dutch language which means ‘clown’. The facial features of this animal might have earned it such name.
3. They are usually found in South East Asian countries like India, China, Sri Lanka etc. They have big eyes, and their body is covered with fur. They don’t have tails and they use hands and legs to move from one tree to another tree. They are insectivorous but feed on vegetables as well.
4. These lorises can be divided into two genera. The first genus is Loris. This genus is further divided into grey slender loris and red slender loris.
5. The second genus is Nycticebus. Slow Loris ( Nycticebus coucang) belongs to this genus. They have a large head, small body and big eyes and the fur’s color depend on the species. It is considered as one of the rarest mammals. Here, check out the classification details:
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6. It is difficult to know the history of its evolution because there are very few fossils and the studies conducted on the animal’s fossils have so far given inconsistent results.
7. Their nearest cousin is the “African bushbabies”. The development of Slow Lorises diverged some 40 million years ago. They are also related to lemurs.
8. All Slow Lorises have a protecting layer over their eyes, which goes by the name tapetum lucidum. It reflects the light. Animals like cats, lions, etc. have the same layer.
9. There is a gland on the arms of these animals, which produce an inactive toxin but when this toxin mixes with their saliva, it becomes active (which is rare in mammals).
10. They use this venom in two ways. The first way is to simply save itself from other predators and the second way is that of protection. The mother Slow Loris licks off the fur of the baby Slow Loris with this venom so that the baby stays protected even if the mothers are away.