Lemurs are adept at arboreal travel, but are partly terrestrial
and are found further into the interior highlands than any
other lemur. Males have scent glands on their wrists which
they rub onto their tails. They use this scent to establish
dominance when confronted by other males. The length of
the head and body is from 385-455 mm and the tail is 560-624
mm. Weight averages between 2.3 - 3.5 kg. Both sexes are
brownish gray with whitish underparts and a distinctly striped
black and white tail. The bottoms of all four feet are smooth
and leatherlike and the great toe is small compared to other
species of lemur.
Ring-tailed Lemurs are primarily diurnal, spending most
of their waking time foraging for fruits, leaves and other
vegetable matter. Infrequently, insects are also eaten.
live in groups averaging 13 animals before births and 17
afterward. There is no clear leader overall, but females
are dominant. Females also stay with the troop of their
birth, while males leave to join other family groups. Mating
occurs from April to June and births occur from August through
October. Gestation is 136 days. Infants cling to the underside
of the mother for the first two weeks and then rides on
her back. Weaning takes place at about 5 months, but infants
may take some solid food at two months.
are found S Madagascar.