Today I want to write about a little animal that looks like an alien, the Philippine tarsier.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These tiny primates only grow to about 16 cm tall, making them one of the smallest primates in the world.
- Their amazing eyes are the largest of all mammals relative to their body weight. Their eyes are so big that they can’t turn in their sockets, but their necks are so flexible that they can turn around and see behind them.
- The 8 species of tarsiers are the only carnivorous primates in the world. They hunt at night, using their excellent vision, long fingers, sharp teeth and jumping ability to catch insects.
- Philippine tarsiers give birth to the largest babies relative to the size of the mother. They are 25% of the size of an adult and can climb straight away. They only give birth to one baby at a time, but the mother has extra teats to help the baby to hang on when she is climbing trees and jumping from one to another. That must hurt!
- Philippine tarsiers are found on a few islands in the Philippines are considered near threatened due to habitat loss and hunting for food and the pet trade.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Philippine tarsiers?