Top 10 Sleepiest Mammals Around The Globe
Had enough sleep lately? No? Well you are ruined if you still remember that grandpa’s tongue in cheek proverb “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy and wise” It should have read “Early to bed and early to rise make an animal healthy and wise” We are no longer in hold of this saying, its old school now, what we need is some manly push and advice. Biological system that this world exhibits is very complicated, dirty and lazy as you shall see from the examples below.
10. Southern owl monkey
They go by the name of Aotus azarae which means “not having any ears to listen with” because they have tiny ears that are hidden in the thick fur they have on the skin, they look like a cotton stuffed teddy bear kept next to a bulky pillow. Southern owl monkey lives in South America and Argentina where they are commonly known by the name of “night monkeys” by the local public. They have big eyes with no color vision which enable them to hunt at night; in fact it’s a biological night vision camera. This animal is usually active at night, it sleeps throughout the day for a total of 17 hours.
9. Nine banded armadillo
This four feet armadillo has the ability to jump 3 feet in the air, execute a flip-flop and then land on the ground. You can find one on long highways between two sides of a dry ground, so these species are a danger to people driving at high speeds. These are native to North, central and South America and have an ancestral craving for insects and small animals. This mammal also sleeps for 17 hours a day.
This is a pretty looking, soft, fluffy and instant loving species found in Australia. “It’s a pre-cooked meal with a lot of sugar in it”. Koalas are tree climbers and spend their entire life in trees. They feed on leaves, fruits and sometimes tree ants. The word koala means someone who doesn’t drink at all, which is seen in these species, because they rarely drink, all the moisture they need is provided by the leaves and tree surfaces. This tree-dwelling dude sleeps for 18 hours a day.
7. Giant armadillo
“This is Priodontes maximus and I am here to sleep throughout the day and will hunt baby ants at night when humanity is silent and the prey helpless”.
Yes indeed this merciless armadillo IS big enough to look frightening to the weary eye. It is found everywhere from South America to Argentina. They love to dig in their pass time to escape from predators. Giant armadillos are nocturnal and often seen eating termites, ants, even snakes if they can manage. Since their metabolism is slow, they prefer to sleep for 18 hours straight and a tad more in one day.
6. Water opossum
This mammal is found in fresh water lakes and on land in Mexico, Central and South America. When the sun is about to set, this mammal becomes active and starts to hunt for the night, it feasts on fish, dragon flies, water beetles and anything that lives near the water bank. Mexicans call it by the name of “yapok” which originated from the Oyapok River in French Guyana. Since the water opossum hunts at night, it rests during the day in burrows made of sand for a total of 19.1 hours.
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