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The potto generally lives and forages in trees at heights of between 5 and 30 metres, spending the day sleeping curled in the foliage (5). The diet shows distinct seasonal variation, comprising mainly fruits, as well as insects, snails and even small vertebrates, and gums during drier periods (2) (3) (5). Eggs and fungi may also be taken (2). Pottos are mainly solitary, though they may show some degree of sociality (1) (5) (12). Both sexes maintain territories, which are scent-marked as a means of passing on information to other pottos. The territory of the male often overlaps those of several females (2) (3) (5). Females usually give birth to a single infant each year, after a gestation of about 180 to 205 days (1) (5) (6). The young potto is born white or pale cream (8) and is carried on the female's belly or left hidden on a branch until it is weaned at about four to five months (5) (6). Pottos reach sexual maturity at between 9 to 18 months (5) (8) and may live for up to 11 years in the wild, or even to 26 years in captivity (6) (7). Young males disperse when mature, while young females usually share parts of the adult female's range (2) (5).

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