Monday, November 21, 2011

The Philippine Tarsier


Tarsier is one of the smallest primates, measuring only about 85 to 160 millimeters, the adult tarsiers or the biggest of them is only about the size of the fist. They have huge eyes as they are nocturnal creatures which give them excellent night vision. Since their eyes are fixed in the skulls and they can't turn their sockets, their necks allows them to rotate 180 degrees. 


They usually lives on forest  mostly in the southern part of the Philippines specifically Bohol. Tarsiers are insectivorous, they also eat spiders, crustaceans and small lizards. 


Tarsiers are shy nocturnals, they sometimes stay in dark places during the day. These creatures can jump from tree to tree without touching the ground. The tarsiers are endangered species that's why they are specially protected by the government for they are being hunted for house pets which could threatened their lives.

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