/rɪŋ-teɪld ‘li mər/
noun: ring-tailed lemur
plural: ring-tailed lemurs

What is a Ring-Tailed Lemur?

Found only in the southern part of Madagascar in the dry forest and bush, the ring-tailed lemur is a medium sized lesser primate with gray fur and a distinctive tail with alternating black and white rings.

Male and female ring-tailed lemurs are similar physically. They are roughly the same size, measuring about 42.5 cm (1.4 ft.) from head to rump and weighing roughly 2.25 kg (5 lb.).

By nature most lemurs are playful and a little bit mischievous. Babies tend to bond very closely to their owners. Most are friendly and make a good companionship for you.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lemuridae
Genus: Lemur

Ring Tailed Lemurs

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Common questions about Ring-Tailed Lemur

When you purchase a baby from us it will come with all USDA paperwork, belly band and leash, food sample bags, a few diapers and care sheet.

You will need:

An indoor enclosure -which can be small at first but, should be changed to larger as an adult. For a baby $100 + For an Adult $500+ (prices can vary alot)
Fresh foods on average about $10-20 per week depending on choices and market prices
Enrichment toys: $1.00+
Blankets and hammocks – $5-25 each
For adult Lemurs, outside enclosure can be $200+ depending on choices
Food and water bowls, bottles $4+each
Diapers- $8+ a package (optional)

In captivity, Lemurs will eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. We often use Apples, carrots, bananas, melons and sweet potatoes. There are a variety of non-toxic plants and flowers that can be offered. We recommend you do some research on the toxicity before feeding all plants and flowers .They also need a dry staple food such as Monkey crunch, leaf eater sticks, and other primate biscuits. We use Mazuri brand foods but, there are others on the market.
Yes, they do well in the main living room with a lot of activity. We don’t recommend giving them a private room since they can become territorial. A double macaw parrot cage makes a nice bedroom for your Lemur. Lemurs do need some vitamin D from the sun. We also recommend having some sort of outside playroom. Outside enclosures can be made out of a lot of dog kennels or custom made if you are a handy sort of person. The most important thing is to protect them from predators outside as well as possibly wandering away or up a tree. Lemurs are diurnal so they love to bask in the sun! I call mine little sun worshipers. It’s a lovely sight to watch them lean back with their arms in the air as if praising and worshiping!

These things are not optional. Primates need enrichment to have a happy and healthy life. Even if you are keeping your Lemur in an all-natural outdoor enclosure, you will need things to keep your Lemur’s mind and body busy. Things that work well for inside enclosures are hammocks, fleece blankets and toddler-safe activity toys. Things that work well for an outside enclosure are ropes, swings, tree branches and outdoor toddler-safe toys. When choosing toys watch for sharp edges and things that can be taken apart and possible swallowed and choked on. Often the best toy for a Lemur is YOU! Enjoy your playful loving new companion.
Not like a cat. However they can wear diapers if you choose to use them. You Lemur will be wearing and in the process of being diaper trained when you pick him/her up from us. Lemurs often prefer to go potty in the same spot so they will train you.

Not usually, there are certain common sense things you can do to avoid aggression with most animals. The main thing to do is spay or neuter you pet. If you are not planning on getting a USDA license and breeding and you want the best possible pet, please spay or neuter your baby. It will make a difference after they become breeding age. When it comes to human children, they are your children and you will be the best judge of that.Regardless of age it takes a certain maturity level to interact with any animal. Lemurs are not known to be aggressive with other animals, it’s more likely to be killed or injured by another animal. Except for small lizards, birds and other tiny species, proceed with caution on introducing other animals such as dogs, cats, reptiles and other animals.

A Lemur is considered a lesser primate, and not on most ban lists unless a county has a complete primate ban. If you purchased your Lemur from me you live in Texas. Do yourself and your Lemur a favor, leave it safe at home. Politicians and Animal Rights activists are waiting to hear about anything they can make a federal case out of with any primate. Your Lemur may be calm and sweet. You trust it completely, but you simply cannot trust everybody else not to grab at and stick their hands up quickly and scare your Lemur. Anything with a mouth or fingers could accidently scratch or place their mouth on someone. A scared Lemur can quickly bolt from you and become a headline news story. There are much better ways to get your 15 minutes of fame that will not cost your Lemur his life or our rights to own them. By law a USDA exhibitor’s license is needed to do public exhibits of any kind.

No. Lemurs of any kind cannot travel outside of Texas. I can only sell my Lemurs to Texas residents. Do not call me or ask to purchase my Lemurs if you do not live in Texas. Whatever state you live in is the only legal place you can purchase a Lemur. You can obtain a national permit to cross stateliness legally, but good luck getting one. Please call me if you get one.

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