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Common Squirrel Monkey

Common Squirrel Monkey

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Scientific Name:

Saimiri sciureus


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


Omnivorous. Fruit, flowers, nectar, seeds, gums, insects, spiders, lizards, bird eggs.


Habitat: Τropical rainforests.

Weight:  male: max 1.4kg , female: max 1.2kg

Dimensions: head to body male max 37cm, female max 34cm tail length: 36-40cm

Gestation: 160-170 days, 1 young at each birth.

Lifespan: ~21 years

Social structure: Groups of 20 up to 100 animals.

Estimated population in the wild: Common - decreasing

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Threats: Trapping for the pet trade, deforestation.

Did you know that:

  1. Some temporary relationships may form between a mother with no infant and another female's infant. These older females become "aunts".
  2. Fathers are completely uninvolved with their youngsters' upbringing.

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