Sunday, 2 October 2011

My Animal the: Tarsier

The Tarsier is the animal i choose from out the magic box, when i 1st got the name i was instantly confused but excited to find out what i had. The latin name of this animal/mammal is known as (Tarsius Syrichta) I then went onto finding out this latin name to find out i got a Tarsier and im not going to lie i was thinking straight away i have no idea how im going to implement this into myself and a transformation type thing. Im still now trying to come up with idea's. Also if anyone else has any idea's anythink would be appreciated but obviously only rough idea's i don't want to completely make the whole creature based on someone else's idea :).

There is a lot of information on these guy's but ill sum up main points.

So what is the Tarsier?:
The Tarsier is an extraordinary animal. Relative to weight, the Tarsier has the largest eyes of all the mammals. It is a tree mammal and primate but not a "monkey" even though it's mistaken as a small monkey due to the way it is.
The Tarsiers, unlike other primates, completely refuse to eat any plant matter whatsoever. They eat mostly insents but can sometimes occationally enjoy birds, crabs, snakes, bats, etc, as log as it is something they can grab and eat its little head, crickets and grasshoppers also for example. Tarsier's may also be eaten themselves by other creatures such as snakes, lizards, owls, and other birds of prey. The Tarsier catches/grabs their food with boths hands and gobbles is up screwing up its tine face contentedly.

Tarsier's also are nocturnal creatures so therefore hunt mainly at night and its the big eye's that help this creature capture its prey at night.
The Tarsier's have a flexible neck which allows its head to swivel around 180 degrees to help it scan for prey or predator. This is necessary as their eyeballs do (not) rotate. The ears are usually moving around when the animal is awake. They can flatten and roll their eats back and unfurl them again also.
Here is an example of a Tarsier with it head rotated a whole 180 degree's.

The Tarsier is also an amazing jumper able to jump more that 40 times it's own body length. The hind legs can grow up to twice the head and body length also. Their name Tarsier is mainly represented from their powerful ankle bones - tarsals because they like to jump and cling to tree's.
Here is an example of a Tarsier with it's leg spead out.

And this pretty much sum's up my animal's main features and the information about my animal.
Im looking forward to getting more in depth with my creature and also looking forward to seeing how the outcome of this creature will look in my final design.

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. :)

1 comment:

  1. Shayne - start with the head - the Tarsier's face is so incredible - start there - and consider this approach in the first instance: