Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Atelidae
 Scientific Name : Simia Paniscus

                     Size : 40 - 50cm (15.7 - 20in)
                Weight : 6.4 - 12kg (14 - 26lbs)
          Top Speed : 56km/h (35mph)
           Life Span : 15 - 27 years

                Colour : Black, Grey, 
                               Brown, White
           Skin Type : Hair
Special Features : Strong, long tail and
                                agile hands and feet
  1. Spider monkeys are a species of monkeys that are found in the South American Jungles ranging from Mexico to Brazil.
  2. They get their name from their style of hanging from the trees.
  3. They often have their four limbs on for different branches, giving them a spider-like appearance.
  4. They also hang from the branches with their tails and often their tail grows longer than their body.
  5. There are 4 species of spider monkey and all the species are either endangered or critically endangered.
  6. They grow to an average size of more than 50cm and are quite large in size.
  7. They are omnivores, feeding on fruits, berries, honey, small reptiles and insects.
  8. Their natural predators are Jaguars, crocodiles and humans.
  9. Humans hunt them to keep them as exotic pets because of their appearance and characteristics.
  10. Spider monkeys live in troops comprising 10-30 members, with the male monkeys staying together for all their lives.
  11. The female monkeys move out of the troop to find a different troop of their own.
  12. The spider monkeys of a troop split up during the day in order to avoid competing for food.
  13. The female spider monkey chooses her mate from the group and gives birth to a single baby after a 7-month gestation.
  14. The baby spider monkey is cared for by its mother for the first 10 months and is taught how to jump.
  15. The mother spider monkey carries her baby to protect them and also grooms them.

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