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Philippine Flying Lemur

Philippine Flying Lemur


Philippine Flying Lemur Range Map (Philippines)
Philippine Flying Lemur
Range Map (Philippines)

Latin Name Cynocephalus volans
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Philippines
Colour Brown
Length 35 - 43 cms (14 - 17 inches)
Tail Approx. 30 cms (12 inches)
Weight 1 - 1.7 Kgs (2.2 - 3.7 lbs)
Life Expectancy

-

Main Characteristics

The Philippine Flying Lemur is one of only two species of Flying Lemur, the other one being the Malayan Flying Lemur. They have a body length between 35 and 43 cms (14 - 17 inches), a tail length of approximately 30 cms (12 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 1.7 Kgs (2.2 - 3.7 lbs).

They have fine, short fur and it is brown in colour with light flecks and they have a paler coloured underside. Their head is wide with large eyes and they have small, rounded ears and a blunt muzzle. They have large feet that are webbed and clawed and they enable them to climb quickly and glide.

A strong, kite-shaped, membrane, know as the patagium, surrounds their body and when they extend this it enables them to glide over 100 m (328 ft) between trees with very little loss in height.

Philippine Flying Lemurs are active at twilight and at night.

Habitat

Philippine Flying Lemurs are found in the forests of the Philippines. They are generally solitary and they spend their time in dense foliage high in the tree canopy or in tree holes.

Diet

Philippine Flying Lemurs mainly feed upon flowers, buds, shoots, young leaves, fruit, nectar and sap.

Breeding

After a gestation period of approximately 60 days, Philippine Flying Lemurs give birth to a single offspring. The mother carries her young in a skin membrane on her abdomen. They are weaned by the time they reach 6 months old.

Predators

The main predators of Philippine Flying Lemurs are Philippine Eagles and humans.

Subspecies

Philippine Flying Lemurs have no subspecies.

Interesting Facts

Philippine Flying Lemurs are also known as:
Kagwang

Flying Lemurs are also known as Colugos.

The name flying lemur is misleading, as they are not lemurs and they cannot truly fly.

Similar Animals

Malayan Flying Lemur

 


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