Balancing Act! Lemurs look so comfortable lounging in the forest ‘hammock,’ which is composed of many different evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.
Their ‘balancing tail’ is an adaptation which helps them move nimbly through the branches.
A ‘Balancing Tail’ acts as a kind of counter weight, unlike a ‘Prehensile Tail’ that can grasp and even manipulate objects.
N.B. prehensile tails are more common in ‘New World’ animals than in those found in Africa or Southeast Asia. One theory to help explain this distribution is that New World forests are comparatively more dense than the forests in Africa and Southeast Asia. Lemurs, and their balancing tails, are endemic to Madagascar.