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Northern tree shrew

Tupia belangeri

Of all the lemurs, Ring-tails spend the most time on the ground. They get their name from the black and white bands on the tail, which is used for communication.

 

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Habitat & threats

Tropical forests. They spend much of their time in the trees as well as foraging for insects on the ground. Their preferred habitat is rainforest but they very adaptable and are seen inhabiting oil palm and coconut plantations as well as regenerating scrub-land of abandoned dry rice fields. For this species at least the ongoing deforestation in Asia does not pose a significant threat. Natural predators include snakes, birds of prey and wild cats.

 

Diet

Omnivores, Tree shrews eat mostly insects as well as small invertebrates and some fruit and seeds.

 

Breeding and social dynamics

Northern tree shrews typically live in monogamous pairs. One male and one female will have overlapping territories; the male will defend his territory from other males, and the female will defend hers from other females. The female has a litter of up to three young who are born naked and blind and she only returns to the nest to suckle them every two days. The young emerge after 2 months fully weaned.

 

Conservation

Awaiting information.