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#213 Philippine Flying Lemur

The Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) is one of two species of flying lemurs, the only two species in the order Dermoptera. The Philippine Flying Lemur is endemic to the Philippines and is found  in the Mindanao region and Bohol.

Although called a flying lemur, it cannot fly and is not a lemur.  An average Philippine Flying Lemur weighs about 1 to 1.7 kilograms and is 14 to 17 inches long. It has a wide head, small ears and big eyes. Its clawed feet are large and webbed for fast climbing and for gliding. Its 12-inch tail is connected to the forelimbs via a patagium. This membrane helps it glide distances of 100 meters or more, useful for finding food and escaping predators such as the Philippine Eagle. Its 34 teeth resemble that of a carnivore but the Philippine Flying Lemur eats mainly fruits, flowers and leaves.

The Philippine Flying Lemur is an evening creature and stays in hollow trees or cling on dense foliage during daytime. The female Philippine Flying Lemur usually gives birth to one young after a two-month gestation period. The young is helpless and attaches itself to its mother’s belly, in a pouch fashioned from the mother’s skin flaps. (From: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang Philippine Flying Lemur!

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