Tropical forests of Central and South America. They spend most of their time in the canopy, and rarely come down to the forest floor.
Nimble fingers and a natural curiosity allow these monkeys to forage for a wide range of plants and insects for food.
Squirrel monkeys are arboreal and can move very fast through the trees, using their long tail as a tool for balance. They have a number of vocal calls, including warning sounds to protect themselves from large predators.
Females give birth during the rainy season, after a 150-170 day gestation period, and care exclusively for their young.
Habitat destruction is decreasing the natural habitat of these monkeys, however they are common throughout their natural range. They are captured for the pet trade, and sometimes for medical research. Natural predators include snakes and large falcons.
- Latin Name: Saimiri sciureus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cebidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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