Slow Loris serves as the common name for several species of strepsirrhine primates. The various types evolved as endemic to southern and southeastern Asia.
All recognized species also have similar physical characteristics. The heads appear rounded, the eyes grow rather large, and the snouts develop narrow.
The various kinds also present widely varied colored patterns. Meanwhile, the trunk grows elongated. The arms and legs measure roughly equal in length, and all four limbs also possess a pincer-like grip. This provides an advantage for grasping tree limbs.
Also, the Slow Loris actually possesses a toxic bite. This makes this animal the only known venomous primate on earth.
Slow Loris Species Diversity and Distribution
Currently, there exist eight recognized species of Slow Loris. Some of these appear throughout the general habitat range. Others remain endemic to only a very small region. There also exists one pygmy species, endemic to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Their preferred climates are tropical and subtropical. They typically inhabit mangrove forests, bamboo groves, and rainforests. Generally, the denser the forest canopy, the greater the population of these primates. They move rather slowly and deliberately through the trees and rarely the relative safety of those trees.
Slow Loris Behavior and Diet
The Slow Loris is predominantly nocturnal. They sleep during the day, typically alone. At night they will forage through the trees for food.
These animals are omnivorous in their eating habits. They will typically eat arthropods, insects, small reptiles and birds, fruits, and a variety of vegetation. They have also been observed to consume insects that other insectivores avoid.
In general, the male Slow Loris is highly territorial and aggressive towards other males. Their principal predators include large felines, sun bears, snakes, and eagles.