Lesser Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus)
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Lesser Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus)

This lemur is the smallest of all the primates. Nocturnal, or crepuscular and arboreal, they have thick body hair but cannot completely regulate their own body temperature. Therefore, in colder weather they enter a state called torpor… a condition like hibernation.

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Size:
Body Length, 4 ½ - 5 inches
Weight, 1 ½ - 2 ounces
Life Cycle:
Weaning, 45 days
Sexual maturity, 7–10 months
Life Span, 14 years (recorded in captivity)
Reproduction:
Gestation Period, 59-62 days
Young/birth, 2-3
Birth Season, variable but usually twice/year
Diet:
Flowers, fruit, lizards, insects
Predators:
Owls, and possibly other birds of prey
Social Structure:
Usually solitary but sometimes females form groups of up to 15 individuals
Territory Size:
Approximately 2 acres
Conservation Status:
Threatened


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