Armed and dangerous, murder lorises use their venom against each other
Videos and images of slow lorises being “tickled” have gone viral: their large eyes peering out, tiny arms raised overhead. But, as it turns out, the loris isn’t tickled to be there. It wants to kill.Slow lorises raise their arms overhead both as a defensive posture and to gain quick licking access to oil glands near their armpits. In these glands is a potent cocktail of chemicals that, when mixed with their saliva, creates a powerful venom.A study released Oct. 19 in the journal Current Biology reveals that Javan slow lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) use this venom not only against other specie...