The Red-Bellied Lemur (Eulemur rubriventer) is a medium-sized strepshirrhine mammal. It is quadrupedal and arboreal – moving on four limbs and living in trees.
The Red-Bellied Lemur has thick chestnut-brown fur, with lighter and redder fur on its belly. Its tail, nose and head are black. It has patches of white skin below the eyes, which look like teardrops (the male has more pronounced teardrops). The female has more creamy-white patches of fur.
It grows up to 34-40 centimetres (13-16 inches) in length.
It is endemic to eastern Madagascar. It prefers tropical rain forests.
It is frugivorous, which means that it eats mainly fruit. It also eats flowers, leaves, and seeds.
It is both diurnal and nocturnal – this is called cathemeral – which means that it is active both day and night.
It is a social animal, living in groups of 2-10 individuals.
The female is pregnant for 102 days, before giving birth to one live young. The young clings to its mother and father alternatively for the first 33-37 days.
The Red-Bellied Lemur lives, on average, for 20 years or more.
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