Ring-tailed lemurs have 2 tongues, the second tongue called a ‘sublingua’.
Ring-tailed lemurs are part of a group of primates, known as prosimians, which share many characteristics with monkeys and apes, including grooming. The muscular sublingual aids in removing hair and debris from the ‘tooth comb’ that is used during grooming.
Ring-tailed lemurs are very social, living in groups of up to 25 individuals consisting of resident females, multiple males, and offspring. These groups are known as a “conspiracy”.
They get their name from the alternating black and white bands along their half-meter long, non-prehensile tail. Their tail is much longer than their head and body. They will keep their tails raised in the air to let other individuals know where they are while travelling throughout their home range, ensuring that the group stays together. They are skilled at climbing and can be found both on the ground and high up in trees. They have a wet nose and sensitive sense of smell.
Ring-tailed lemurs aid in the dispersal of seeds throughout by eating fruits.