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Wild Flying Lemur by melvynyeo Wild Flying Lemur by melvynyeo
Interesting Facts: Colugos are also called flying lemur. However, there are not closely related to the true lemur, which are found in Madagascar. Flying lemurs are classified in the order Dermoptera, from the Greek words derma, meaning "skin", and the ptera, meaning "wing", thus "skin-wing". These creatures have membranes that connect their legs and tail, enable them to glide from one tree to the other. There are 2 species of colugo in the world; the Malayan Flying Lemur and the Philippine Flying Lemur. It is reported that there are approximately 1500 Malayan Flying Lemurs in Singapore.

Size: About 70cm

Diet: Mainly leaves, young shoots, flower buds and sap.

Activity: Arboreal, largely nocturnal. It is usually seen perching against a tree trunk with its head pointing upwards. When disturbed, the Colugo has two defensive reactions: It wil either freeze and hope not to get noticed or scramble up the trunk higher into the tree.

It can glide from tree to tree in a steady controlled manner, landing with the head up neatly and precisely.

Habitat: Forests. Adapts quite well to disturbed forset edges and coastal plantations. . This species has a wide distribution in Southeast Asia.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Wow, such a weird critter, great photo and info!
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student
Wow! That's amazing!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Crazypurplebat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Woah that is really cool! You have so many amazing creatures where you live!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Thanks! :) Sad to say, over here there are lesser and lesser animals left in the wild due to over population. :(
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Crazypurplebat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
It's horribly depressing seems to be happening world wide.
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QuesoGr7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Must be cool to travel the world and see all of these awesome animals. I'll be able to do that one day!:D
Oh yeah, and beautiful shot btw :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
:) Thanks!
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NeoKitty101 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thanks so much! I'm really interested in these furry little guys :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Thanks! :)
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