Ring-tailed lemurs live in social troops of a dozen or so, led by a single, dominant female. Lemurs have pungent scent glands they use for communication and even battle. Male ring-tailed lemurs compete for mates by smearing scents from forearm glands onto the tips of their tails.
- Ring-tailed lemurs spend more time on the ground than other, more arboreal lemurs.
- Females cooperate when it comes to caring for young, allowing each other to play with, babysit, and even nurse their young.
- The lemur’s tail can grow up to two feet long, which is longer than the rest of the body.
- Sunbathing is a popular activity for ring-tailed lemurs as they sit with their limbs splayed out to expose their bellies to soak up the sun’s warmth.