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C) 2011 Marshall Cavendish. All Rights Reserved. Their hairless bodies make them look extremely odd, but it’s only once you get to know the habits of these rodents of east African that you realize just how curious these creatures really are. 1in) including tail Sexual maturity Only dominant female breeds Breeding season All year Number of young 12–24 Gestation period 66–74 days Breeding interval Up to 4 litters a year Typical diet Roots and vegetation Lifespan Up to 30 years in the wild (c) 2011 Marshall Cavendish.

There’s one further, odd thing about the tarsiers’ odd eyes. They face forwards and can’t move in the socket. Ordinarily, this would make it difficult for the tarsier to look out for prey or predators. They have can rotate their head through almost o 180 in both directions, a little like an owl. (c) 2011 Marshall Cavendish. All Rights Reserved. 64 PHILIPPINES I N D O N E S I A PAPUA NEW GUINEA A U S T R A L I A S O U T H P A C I F I C O C E A N Simpson Desert Great Victoria Desert S O U T H E R N O C E A N Tasmania N E W Z E A L A N D (c) 2011 Marshall Cavendish.

8in) Sexual maturity Not recorded Breeding season 8 months Number of young 1–2 Gestation period 50–70 days Breeding interval Twice a year Typical diet Large invertebrates, small reptiles, mammals and honey Lifespan Up to 9 years in wild; 28 in captivity (c) 2011 Marshall Cavendish. All Rights Reserved. R AT E L Fore feet The ratels’ powerful fore feet come equipped with a set of long, curved claws. These serve as useful digging tools but also make formidable weapons, for both attack or defence.

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