Philippine Tarsier - largest eyes on a mammal

Philippine tarsierThe Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) is a nocturnal creature, which exists only on the Philippines. It has the largest eyes relative to its body and head. Other species of tarsier exist on Borneo and Sumatra. The tarsier is the only primate that can turn their heads 180 degrees in each direction along with the primates in the genus Galago. What appears pitch black to humans can be seen by nocturnal animals, the reason is the structure of their nocturnal eyes. Read it here. Tarsiers are known to injure or kill themselves when caged (source).

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The Philippine tarsier, phillipine tarsier is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Philippine tarsier

Adult weight : 0.119 kg (0.2618 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Gestation : 179 days

Weaning : 83 days

Litter size : 1

Weight at birth : 0.026 kg (0.0572 lbs)

Body mass : 0.113 kg (0.2486 lbs)

Temperature : 33.85 °C (92.93 °F)

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