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Spider monkeys feed on a wide variety of fruits. They also eat leaves and flowers.
They live in the dry and humid forest canopy.
They have four agile fingers on each hand but they have no thumbs!
Their long prehensile tail is used like a fifth limb to help them move around the rainforest and forage.
It’s easy to see how these monkeys get their name; from a distance they look like big black spiders weaving their way through the forest.
They grab on to tree branches with their long, gangly limbs and also hang and swing using their tails. A benefit of their exceptional climbing skills is that they don’t have many natural predators – hanging out high up in the trees makes them difficult to catch!
They live in groups of up to 20-30 individuals although they travel, feed and rest in smaller groups of varying size.
Spider monkeys communicate through loud whopping calls to warn each other of danger.