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Primate World Animal Fact Sheet
Saimiri sciureus

Throughout South America

The common squirrel monkey lives in very large groups, up to 300 individuals, on moist tropical forests, and usually forages in the medium and lower levels of the forest and sleeps close to the canopy. The females are the dominant members of the group. It is a very agile monkey, with a high metabolic rate, and although an omnivorous animal, it feeds primarily on insects and other invertebrates. It also feeds on fruits, seeds and other plant parts. It is common to see these squirrel monkeys in mixed groups, moving along with other primate species and birds.

Habitat: Tropical rainforests.
Diet: Omnivores, eating primarily fruits and insects. Occasionally they also eat nuts, buds, eggs and small vertebrates.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Weight: Males average 1.5 pounds and females average 1.1 pounds
Length: 12.5 inches
Lifespan: 20 years in captivity
Reproduction & Offspring:

150-170 days.


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