Small and shy, the Madame Berthe’s Lemur is the smallest primate in the world!
Amazing Facts About the Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur
- The Madame Berthe’s Lemur was only categorized as its own species in the year 2000.
- Madame Berthe’s Lemurs are nocturnal and have very large eyes which helps them to see during the night.
- During cooler winter months they are able to slow down their metabolism so they can conserve water and energy.
- They depend on eating insect excreta during the dry season to survive… yuk!
- Due to their small size they are vulnerable to predators.
- As with so many other species nowadays, they are being threatened by humans, whose illegal logging activities are degrading their habitat.
Picture Credit: FC Casuario (Wiki Commons)
- Type: Mammal
- Diet: Insects, tree sap and small lizards
- Range: Madagascar
- Size: 5.5" (14cm) tall including tail
- Weight: 1.1 oz (30g)
- Scientific name: Microcebus berthae
- IUCN: Endangered