Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sunda Colugo

In this report you will learn what the sunda colugo is. First I will tell you what it is ,then where it lives, then i will tell you what it eats and its predators. the sunda colugo also known as the Malayan flying lemur or the Malayan colugo is a primate that glides from tree to tree.
The sunda colugo has a small head and a blunt snout with large  forward facing eyes and small ears.Sunda flying lemurs weigh 0.9 to 2 kg (2 to 4.5 lbs) and are 33 to 42 cm in length with 17.5 to 27 cm tails.
 Its fur is molted and dense While the underside is pale, the dorsal fur can be gray, black, white, or red. Sunda flying lemurs have bold patches of color that look similar to lichen on a tree, this feature helps camouflage them.
While Sunda flying lemurs cannot fly, a membrane of skin called a patagium allows them to glide. This membrane is fully furred, extending along the limbs from the neck to the fingers, toes and tail. When gliding, the patagium( the extensible fold of skin of certain insects or of a gliding mammal or reptile.)can extend to about 70 cm with the help of an extensor muscle in the flank membrane. Sunda flying lemurs have four legs of similar size with webbed feet and curled claws. Their digits are flattened, and the soles of the feet can form sucking discs to allow a better grip while climbing.         
Sunda flying lemurs are found in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand,Myanmar, Cambodia, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Singapore, and Malaysia and is endemic to Sundaland an area which includes the Malay Peninsula and the surrounding islands and. it is also endemic to Indochina.Sunda flying lemurs are strictly arboreal, spending their entire lives in the treetops. they live in tropical rainforests. They can also be found in highlands and can readily adapt to plantations and disturbed forests edges.        
The Sunda Colugo is an herbivor it eats shoots, flowers, leaves, fruit, and sap. They have long intestines and well developed stomachs able to extract nutriment from leaves.
Though not much is known about the Sunda colugo’s reproductive system or the courtships of the Colugo this much is known the Sunda Colugo mate throughout the year. After a gestation period of about 60 days the Sunda Colugos give birth to one offspring, twins can be born but it is very unlikely. Offsprings of the Sunda Colugo are born underdveloped and weighs about 35 grams weaning happens about six months after being born and the Sunda colugo reaches adulthood at about 3 years.         babies are dependant of their mother until weaned off. the mother can fold her patagium into a pouch to protect and warm her offspring. The baby holds on to its mother when gliding from tree to tree.
        So I hope you have learned about the sunda colugo which i think is a very interesting and wonderful creature. I hope you have learned what it looks like where it lives what it eats and how its young grow up. Now for some fun facts Did you know that that not much is known about the Sunda colugo. Also there are only two known species of colugo. the max life expectancy is about 15 years in captivity and no one knows how long they live in the wild. I  hope you learned a lot i Know i did thankyou for taking the time to read my essay.
Works Cited
"Colugo (Galeopterus Variegatus)." SAFE Project Colugo Galeopterus Variegatus Comments. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. <>.
"Descriptions and Articles about the Sunda Flying Lemur (Galeopterus Variegatus) - Encyclopedia of Life." Encyclopedia of Life. Web. 21 Oct. 2014. <>.
"Galeopterus Variegates." Animal Diversity Web. Web. 25 Oct. 2014. <>.
"Measurements and Facts about Sunda Flying Lemur (Galeopterus Variegatus) - Encyclopedia of Life." Encyclopedia of Life. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. <>.
"Sunda Flying Lemur." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Oct. 2014. Web. 21 Oct. 2014. <>.

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