They are found on the island of Madagascar.
They live in the eastern rainforests.
They are one of the largest lemurs measuring up to 4 feet long, including their long tail. Their long tail doubles their length. They are slight in build though and usually weight less than 10 pounds. They are black and white with yellow eyes and white ear tufts.
They live in small groups and are territorial. They have loud calls to let other lemurs know where they are and to warn about predators. They are active during the day (diurnal).
They eat fruit and plants.
They are killed by snakes eagles, fossa and man.
Females are pregnant for 3.5 months (gestation) and have 2-3 babies.
They can live 18-20 years. They are listed as endangered.
Species: Varecia variegata
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