Sarmiri S. bolivienes
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- Squirrel monkeys live in the tropical lowland forests of Central and South America. They are arboreal and rarely leave the trees.
- They are seasonally sexually dimorphic, meaning the males look different from the females during breeding periods. The males develop broader shoulders and gain weight to help fight for and attract mates.
- Females have a gestation period of about 5 1/2 months and have a single infant at a time. The infant will ride on the mother’s back, and after about 10 months they become independent.
- Squirrel monkeys will urinate on their hands and feet and wipe them around their territory as a way to scent mark.
- They cry and screech to communicate. They have an alert call to signal when predators are spotted. Their predators include birds of prey, snakes, and large cats.
Did You Know?
Squirrel monkeys are often kept as pets, but they do not make good pets and are illegal in many states. They require many hours of attention, are expensive, and may become aggressive. Monkeys are also vulnerable to human diseases.