What is a Lemur? Facts, Pictures and Habitat
Lemurs are a type of animal native to the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. lemurs have highly reflective eyes, similar to a cat, due to their nocturnal lifestyles. Lemurs actually first arrived on Madagascar are by floating across the ocean from Africa on rafts made out of plants and dirt, between 60 and 70 million years ago. Up until about 2000 years ago, there were lemurs living on Madagascar are the same size as fully developed gorillas. These larger types of lemurs were killed off shortly after the arrival of humans on the island. Lemurs live on diets that include fruit, insects, and plants. Lemurs have been known to eat other things when extremely hungry, including scavenging dead animals. Lemurs most commonly inhabit areas of rainforest, but also exist in the drier regions of western Madagascar.
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