natgeoVideo by @joelsartore | Male and female black lemurs snuggle up at the @stlzoo.
Like most lemurs, this species’ diet consists mainly of fruit and leaves. They have also been known to seek out toxic millipedes, but not to snack on. These lemurs will gently bite the millipede, stimulating the insect just enough so it secretes defensive toxins. The lemur will then rub the toxin all over its own body and will usually release the millipede relatively unharmed. These toxins are believed to function mainly as a deterrent for biting insects, however they are also known to produce quite an intoxicating effect for the lemurs.
To see a portrait of these two, check out @joelsartore!
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