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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Tarsier live?

Tarsiers are small, nocturnal primates that live only on various islands of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

They are adapted to forested habitats, especially those with lianas, vines that provide them with vertical support when climbing trees.

Tarsiers have very large eyes, long hind limbs, and a long tail that helps them balance and leap from trunk to trunk.

They are the only primates that are entirely carnivorous, feeding on insects, lizards, and snakes.

Tarsiers are also unique in having the ability to rotate their head 180 degrees, which gives them a wide range of vision.

Tarsiers are classified in the infraorder Tarsiiformes, which is the sister group to the simians (monkeys, apes, and humans) in the suborder Haplorhini.

They have a long fossil record, dating back to the Middle Eocene, but their evolutionary history and relationships are still debated.

There are about 13 species of tarsiers, which differ in size, color, and habitat preferences.

Some of the most well-known species are the Philippine tarsier, the western tarsier, the eastern tarsier, and the pygmy tarsier.

Tarsiers are endangered animals, facing threats from habitat loss, hunting, and pet trade.

Conservation efforts are underway to protect them and their habitats, such as establishing sanctuaries, educating the public, and enforcing laws.

Tarsiers are fascinating creatures that deserve our respect and admiration.
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