The Slow Loris

Wanna se something cute?! Of course you do! This, is a Slow Loris:

Wanna see something with a toxic bite? (Not as appealing, I know.) Look up! displayed the following question:

The slow loris has toxic _______.

– Eyes

– Elbows

– Teeth

– Nails

Have a guess ready? The Slow Loris has a strange and interesting defense mechanism; toxic elbows. If you’re like me, you got it wrong too. This cute little strepshirrine primate has a gland on their arm that produces a toxin that deters predators. Once mixed with saliva, the toxin is activated. The young of the slow loris are groomed with this toxic saliva mixture in order to give them another level of protection.

Watch Dr. Mike get bitten by one of these cute little guys!

This video on NatGeo’s site gives a little insight into animal cruelty against the slow loris.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Lorisidae
  • Genus: Nyctisebus

There are several different species of slow loris and, as of 2000, they are listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, though they are now protected under Appendix 1 of CITES.


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