Guatemala Wildlife – 7 Curiosities About The Spider Monkey

Spider Monkeys are curious animals that live mainly in the tropical forests but again the destruction of their habitat is reducing its population rapidly and in some places they are almost extinct. In Guatemala they are commonly seen in Peten and in Alta Verapaz.

Here are some things you might want to know about them:

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1. They can only be found from southern Mexico to Brazil.

2. They are divided in seven species including the critically endangered Black-headed Spider Monkey and Brown Spider Monkey.

3. The disproportionately long limbs and long prehensile tail gives rise to their common name.

4. Spider monkeys live in the upper layers of the rainforest and forage in the high canopy, from 25 to 30 m.

5. They are social animals and live in bands of up to 35 individuals but will split up into smaller groups during the day.

6. Unlike many other species of animals the females leave the group when they reach puberty instead of males which live together all their lives.

7. The gestation period lasts 7 months. Each female bears only one offspring on every 3 to 4 years.

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