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.


Video — The Demon Primate — National Geographic

Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video — The Demon Primate — National Geographic.

So I wrote a post on this primate back in October, but it’s one of my favorite mammals so sharing this video was a must. The aye-aye is way too awkwardly cute to be ignored. And who doesn’t love Madagascar?


The World’s Smallest Primate


Image via Wikipedia

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Haplorrhini
  • Infraorder: Tarsiiformes
  • Family: Tarsiidae
  • Genus: Tarsius

The Tarsier is an adorable primate found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Their name comes from the elongated tarsus bones in their hind legs. The most fascinating things about this small animal lies in its eyes. A single eye is roughly 16 mm in diameter and is the size of their brain. As a nocturnal animal, the large eye surface is great in terms of letting in light. Unlike other nocturnal animals, they lack the shiny tapetum lucidum (found in animals like dogs and sheep) that lies in the back of the eye and reflects light. The wiring of the tarsier brain is also different from other primates in terms of connections between the two eyes and the regions that assess visual data. Here you can see the skull and large eye sockets of a tarsier:




  1. Wikipedia – Tarsier
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