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POTTO  (Perodicticus potto)also known as Bosman’s Potto ©zooborns.com
The name Potto (Perodicticus potto) possibly comes from the African word “pata”, which means tailless ape. The Potto is also known as Bosman’s Potto, after its supposed discoverer, and in some English-speaking parts of Africa it is called a Softly-softly.
 The index finger is vestigial
They have opposable thumbs with  which they grasp branches firmly. 
At the second toes of the hind legs  they have the fine claw typical for strepsirrhines. 
Three of the  vertebrae in the Potto’s neck have sharp points and nearly pierce the  skin; these are used as defensive weapons. 
Both males and females have  large scent glands under the tail (in females, the swelling created by  the glands is known as a pseudo-scrotum), which they use to mark their  territories and to reinforce pair bonds.
 Pottos have a distinct odor  that some observers have likened to curry.
allcreatures:

Lucy the potto checks on her new baby that was born on December 8, in the Nocturnal House at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

POTTO (Perodicticus potto)also known as Bosman’s Potto ©zooborns.com

The name Potto (Perodicticus potto) possibly comes from the African word “pata”, which means tailless ape. The Potto is also known as Bosman’s Potto, after its supposed discoverer, and in some English-speaking parts of Africa it is called a Softly-softly.

  • The index finger is vestigial
  • They have opposable thumbs with which they grasp branches firmly.
  • At the second toes of the hind legs they have the fine claw typical for strepsirrhines.
  • Three of the vertebrae in the Potto’s neck have sharp points and nearly pierce the skin; these are used as defensive weapons.
  • Both males and females have large scent glands under the tail (in females, the swelling created by the glands is known as a pseudo-scrotum), which they use to mark their territories and to reinforce pair bonds.
  •  Pottos have a distinct odor that some observers have likened to curry.

allcreatures:

Lucy the potto checks on her new baby that was born on December 8, in the Nocturnal House at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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