Raising a ringtail lemur entails a lot of responsibility since you’re going to have to take care of an exotic pet in your own home. Exotic animals are called so because they’re a lot different from the usual house pets that people take care of in their households.
Before deciding on raising a ringtail lemur at home, you first need to read thoroughly about the type of exotic pet that you want to bring home with you from the pet store. The first thing you need to know about these exotic pets would be their physical characteristics. Ring-tailed lemurs are called so because they sport black and white rings on their tails. The name lemur, on the other hand, is derived from the Latin word, which means spirits or ghosts because this exotic animal is known to be nocturnal in nature. However, ring-tailed ones are known to be diurnal and they are also known to be somewhat terrestrial as compared to other species of lemurs. Even though they are arboreal, these animals spend around 33 percent of their time on the ground. In fact, ring-tailed lemurs are known to be the most terrestrial among all the species of lemurs. Even though they’re already an endangered species, they still remain to be really popular among pet lovers because of their really cute looks and social nature.
These animals are larger in size as compared to other species since they range from 40 to 50 cm in terms of body length. What’s amazing is that their tails are longer than their body length. Their tails average from 56 to 65 cm. These are furry and have black and white rings as well as a black tip. The number of black rings is higher than the number of white rings. Their bodies, on the other hand, are covered with black skin and have fur that’s grayish in color. However, some of them have rosy brown fur. They have white patches on their face, chest, ears, underbelly, and throat. Their face is pointed and they have a snout that resembles that of a fox, which is black in color. Their amber-colored eyes are also covered with black skin and somewhat resembles that of a mask.
Let’s move on to the habitat and diet of these cute little animals. They are native to the island of Madagascar. They are often found in highland areas. They love staying in places where there are a lot of trees specifically those that have horizontal branches on them. Even though they’re omnivorous in nature, they typically feed on flowers, fruits, bark, sap, leaves, and herbs. They also love feeding on the pods and leaves of the tamarind tree. Aside from that, they also eat grasshoppers, spiders, small birds, chameleons, caterpillars, and lizards. Moreover, they also eat the cocoons of insects, spider webs, and decayed wood. They feed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.