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Are slender loris poisonous?

Last Updated: 6th February, 2020

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Slow lorises have a toxic bite, a trait rare among mammals and unique to lorisid primates. The toxin is obtained by licking a sexual gland on their arm, and the secretion is activated by mixing with saliva.

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Simply so, can a Loris kill you?

Slow loris. This animal might look like a harmless, big-eyed baby ewok, but the slow loris is one of the only venomous mammals in the world. The animal may also lick or rub its hair with this mixture to deter predators from attack. The toxin can cause death by anaphylactic shock in some people.

Likewise, is a Loris poisonous? Slow lorises are the only known venomous primate, secreting toxins from a gland located along the crook of their inner arms. When threatened, a slow loris will hiss and retreat into a defensive posture with its paws clasped on top of its head.

Also to know is, what happens if a slow loris bites you?

There have been reports of people getting bit, but they are typically safe as pets. Bites from a slow loris can be extremely painful and have been known to cause illness and even death in humans in some circumstances. Those who have severe allergies can go into anaphylactic shock minutes after a bite has happened.

How dangerous is a slow loris bite?

Slow lorises have a venomous bite that is harmful to humans. Usually their teeth are clipped but if their teeth are still intact they mix venom secreted from a gland inside their upper arm with saliva to deliver a venomous bite. This can cause anaphylactic shock and even death in humans.

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