How Does a Slow Loris Protect Itself From Enemies?


The slow loris protects itself by excreting a toxin as a shield. It releases a poison from glands located on the inner elbows. The slow loris can suck the toxin into its mouth, producing a poisonous bite, or can excrete the toxin on its back, protecting itself from the bite of others. It protects its young by smearing its body with the toxin.

The slow loris is native to Africa, southern India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and southwestern China. They have round heads and eyes and small ears that are almost completely hidden by fur. They have strong fingers and toes that allow them to maintain a grip for a long period of time. The slow loris sleeps curled up in a ball during the day in the trees. It feeds at night and eats fruits, gums, insects, eggs, lizards, birds and other small mammals. The slow loris is actually quite fast. It clings to branches with its strong hind legs and springs forward to catch its prey with both hands. It then eats the food hanging upside down.

The adult slow loris weighs between 1.8 and 2.9 pounds and can live up to 20 years in captivity. The slow loris bears one to two offspring every 12 to 18 months and has a gestation period of 191 days.