Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus

Animal Class: Mammals

Length: Body = 10-14 inches, Tail = 14-17 inches

Weight: 1-3 pounds

Lifespan: 15 years

Diet: Insects, spiders, young birds, bird eggs, fruits, and nuts

Habitat: Dwell in forests and some cultivated areas along rivers and streams in South America The squirrel monkey is the smallest member of the primate family Cebidae.  The squirrel monkey usually has white fur around the eyes, ears, throat and sides of the neck. The top of its head ranges in color from black to gray.  The back, forearms, hands and front feet are reddish-brown or yellow. Its shoulders and hind feet are grayish, while its underside varies from white to yellow. The skin on the squirrel monkey’s lips, and around its nostrils, is black and almost hairless. It has a brownish-gray tail with a black tip. Its tail is not prehensile, and so can’t be used for grasping.

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