Found only on the island country of Madagascar, the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur is the smallest known primate in the world. They inhabit the dry deciduous forests of the southwestern portion of Madagascar known as the Kirindi Forest. These cute little lemurs are at risk of extinction at the hands of massive deforestation from illegal logging. They are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Microcebus berthae
Weight: Up to 1.2 ounces
Length: Up to 3.5 inches, plus a 5.5 inch tail
Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) This lemur was named after primatologist & conservationist Berthe Rakotosamimanana.
2.) They were only listed as their own species in 2000.
3.) Their huge eyes are equipped with a tapetum lucidum that allows them to see amazingly in total darkness.
4.) Madame Berthe’s mouse lemurs are nocturnal (active at night).
5.) This species has a special grooming claw on their second toe that they use to keep themselves clean.
But wait, there’s more on the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur!
6.) When the weather gets cold, they can enter into torpor (a physiological change to body temperature, metabolism, and water balance).
7.) These little critters are presumed to be promiscuous (mating with multiple partners).
Did you know…?
During the dry season they rely on eating insect feces (poop) in order to survive. Yummy!
8.) Females birth between 1 – 3 babies each season, after a 2 month gestation (pregnancy).
9.) Mouse lemurs typically eat flowers, gums, fruits, arthropods, and small vertebrates (like geckos and chameleons).
10.) They are preyed on by snakes, owls, civets, mongooses, feral cats, and fossas.
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