Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey
Saimiri sciureus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Primates
FAMILY
Cebidae

Range

Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela


Habitat

Tropical rainforest, tropical dry forest


Diet

Insects, berries, fruits, snails, vegetation, birds, eggs

Weight

0.66 – 2.25 lbs.

Body

10.25 – 14.25 in.

Tail

14 - 17 in.

Gestation

160 – 170 days

Young

1

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They are excellent climbers and leapers and can travel long distances through the forest running along and leaping between branches.
  • Their tail is not prehensile, but used for balance when traveling and feeding.
  • They live in large groups, subdivided into adult male bands, mother-and-infant bands, and juveniles, except during the mating season.
  • The are active during the day and rarely decend to the ground.
  • Males double their body size during breeding season.
  • Squirrel monkeys mate between September and November.

 

Conservation

Faces threats from capture for the pet trade and medical research. Also face threats from habitat loss.

CITIES Appendix II

Least Concern

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