MAMMAL MONDAY # 30
We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming and you know what that means- it’s Mammal Monday! We’re traveling to the rainforests of Central Africa to find a primate that lives high in the trees! Grab your binoculars and let’s hop into a hot air balloon to see if we can spot this little guy!
MEET THE POTTO!
Diet: Omnivore: fruit, sap, insects
Length/Weight: 12-16”/1 ¾-3 lbs
Conservation Status: common
- Pottos are primates. They are members of the prosimian family that includes loris and lemurs.
- Pottos are nocturnal (active at night).
- They are arboreal (live in the trees). They spend most of their lives in the canopy of the rainforests!
- Pottos have pointy neck vertebrates that are covered by spiny skin on the back of their necks. This may be for protection, but scientists are unsure.
- They have very thick fur.
- They remain immobile in the trees to avoid predators.
- Pottos have a life span of up to 25 years.
Pottos are so super cute! These little primates have very unusual hands that help them grip the branches very high in the trees! Did you know that the canopy of the rainforests contain the most life? Scientists haven’t even found all the species that live there! Wow! Recycling paper is a great way to preserve the trees of the rainforests!