What kind of animal is a slow loris? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a slow loris? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. This cute squirrel animal, which looks like a stuffed animal, is very popular all over the world. This time, I will introduce the ecology and habitat of the slow loris, so I hope you will find it useful.

What is a slow loris? About basic status

The slow loris is an animal of the genus Slow Loris, which is classified as a primate and belongs to the family Lorisidae. The body length is 26.5 – 38 cm and the weight is 0.4 – 2 kg.

English(英名)slow loris
scientific name(学名)Nycticebus
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Primates、Lorisidae、Nycticebus
Length(体長)26.5 – 38cm
Weight(体重)0.4 – 2 kg

About classification

The slow loris was first described in 1785 under the scientific name Tardigradus coucang. Several species of the genus slow loris were reported between 1800 and 1907, leading to the classification of all slow lorises discovered up to that time as one species. The following subspecies exist, but they are listed as endangered species.

Scientific Name
Bengal slow loris
Nycticebus bengalensis
Sunda slow loris
Nycticebus coucang
Javan slow loris
Nycticebus javanicus
Bornean slow loris
Nycticebus menagensis
Lesser slow loris
Nycticebus pygmaeus

Nycticebus bengalensis

It is a type of slow loris that is native to the Indian subcontinent and Indochina. It is the largest species of slow loris, measuring 26-38 cm from head to tail and weighing 1-2.1 kg. It has a round head, flat face, large eyes, and small ears, and is currently listed as an endangered species.

Nycticebus coucang

The Sunda slow loris is native to Indonesia, western Malaysia, southern Thailand, and Singapore. Like other slow lorises, it has a wet snout, a rounded head, and small ears hidden under thick fur. It is currently designated as an endangered species.

Nycticebus menagensis

The Javan slow loris lives in the western and central parts of Java, Indonesia. There is a prominent white diamond pattern on the forehead. The weight is 565-687 g, and the head and body length is approximately 293 mm. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES and is listed as an endangered species.

Nycticebus borneanus

A slow loris that lives in the south-central part of Borneo, Indonesia. Like other slow loris, this arboreal and nocturnal animal is threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. It is currently designated as an endangered species.

Nycticebus pygmaeus

The lesser slow loris and pygmy slow loris are a type of slow loris found in Vietnam, Laos, eastern Cambodia, and China east of the Mekong River. The body length is approximately 19-23 cm and the tail is very short. It is currently designated as an endangered species.

About habitat

Its habitat is mainly from Southeast Asia to South Asia. There are many subspecies, so the type you can meet varies depending on the region.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The slow loris is an unusual squirrel that cannot escape by running or jumping. Slow loris are arboreal and nocturnal. As it moves from branch to branch, it makes little noise and can maintain a slow speed, making it unnoticed by enemies. During the day, they take a nap between branched trees. They have short wool-like hairs all over their bodies, and the color ranges from grayish-brown to reddish-brown on the back. The tail is very short and is hidden under the body fur, making it almost invisible.

What is your personality like?

Slow lorises are cautious and nocturnal, so they act cautiously. Loud noises can cause stress, so care must be taken when handling them. Especially if you keep your pet as a pet, you should try to keep it quiet. They are generally solitary and only make noises when threatening.

What is the ecology like?

Slow lorises subsist on tree sap, nectar, fruit, and insects. Breeding is not seasonal; females give birth every year. The gestation period is approximately 190 days, and it is possible to give birth to one calf at a time. The lifespan is said to be about 15 to 20 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

Slow lorises are poisonous mammals. Enemies lick or rub the toxins, causing damage and protecting themselves. It can cause death in small animals and can cause anaphylactic shock in humans. For this reason, poisonous slow loris are rarely preyed upon.

Is the slow loris an endangered species?

The slow loris is listed as an endangered species. This may be due to the following reasons: Conservation measures are not taken for each species, so it is left up to the national government.

habitat loss

Southeast Asia or South Asia is the most developed land in the world. As the forests that serve as the slow loris’ home disappear, there will gradually be no place for them to hide, and they will be preyed upon.

rampant poaching

Poaching targeting slow lorises is also on the rise. Because they are very popular as pets, they are overhunted, causing habitat fragmentation and shrinkage.

Can slow lorises be bred?

Slow lorises are extremely rare creatures as they are an endangered species. If you keep a pet as a pet, you will need to register it in your country of residence.

How much does a slow loris cost?

The slow loris is a very rare animal, and if you were to buy one, it is said to cost between 200,000 and 1 million yen in Japanese yen. There are a few living creatures that have risen in price considerably. Furthermore, you will only be able to obtain one that has been bred domestically or through adoption as a foster parent.

What kind of things do you need?

A cage, food, perch, and nest box are the minimum requirements. Slow lorises live in trees, so a perch is essential. Slow lorises are omnivorous and can be substituted with fruits, vegetables, and dog food. Temperature control is also essential. Slow lorises are basically creatures that are strong in heat and weak in cold. Adjust at 27℃.


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