The Sunda flying lemur [Galeopterus variegates], also known as the Malayan flying lemur, is a species of colugo, tree-dwelling mammal. The Sunda flying lemur is found throughout Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The Sunda flying lemur is not a lemur and does not fly. Instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits. It is a forest-dependent species. The Sunda flying lemur mainly forages in tree canopies. The Sunda flying lemur can also be seen licking tree bark of selected tree species to obtain water, nutrients, salts and minerals.
After a 60-day gestation period, a single offspring is carried on the mother’s abdomen held by a large skin membrane.
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