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Squirrel monkey in Costa Rica


Squirrel monkey

The squirrel monkey lives in the rainforests of Central and South America. They are small monkeys that live in trees and have a prehensile tail that they use for balancing as they move about in the canopy. Squirrel monkeys live in large social groups and communicated with noisy calls.

Squirrel monkeys are omnivores, eating primarily fruits and insects. Occasionally they also eat nuts, buds, eggs and small vertebrates.




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