Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tarsier bubbub

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Tarsiers are primates with enormous eyes and long feet. Their feet have extremely elongated tarsus bones, which is how they were penned their name. Primarily insectivorous, they catch insects by jumping at them. They're also known to prey on birds and snakes. As they jump from tree to tree, tarsiers can catch even birds in motion.

All tarsier species are nocturnal in their habits, but like many nocturnal organisms some individuals may show some activity during the daytime.

Fossils of tarsiers are found in Asia, Europe, North America, with disputed fossils from Africa, but existing tarsiers are restricted to several Southeast Asian islands including the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo, and Sumatra.

Tarsiers have never formed successful breeding colonies in captivity, and when caged tarsiers have been known to injure and even kill themselves due to stress-


Sarah said...

So that's why my caged Tarsier poked its eyes out.

John said...

Tarsiers sound like completely useless--and awsomely weird--animals. Except for maybe playing the piano. Maybe that would calm them down.

Amanda, Curtis, Ellis, Hugh said...

Gus, you definitely need to write a scary Halloween story about the Tarsier bubbub. We can post the story at The Pea Museum in time for Halloween. Or maybe you should just be this animal for Halloween.

You'd need some really big sunglasses...

Mimsarose said...

Tarsier Pie!!!!!