Black Handed Spider Monkey Fact Sheet

Class:

Mammalia 

Order:

Primates

Family:

Atelidae

Genus:

Ateles 

Species:

geoffroyi 

Life span:

Roughly 27 in the wild; 30 to 40 years under human care

Gestation:

226-232 days 

Number of young at birth:

One

Age of maturity:

Female-4 years; Male-5 years 

Size:

12 to 25 in long

Weight:

Females- 12-16 lbs; Males- 15-18 lbs

Size at birth:

15 oz

Description: Colors from tawny and reddish to almost black. Hands and feet are black. Tail and arms are extremely long compared to body.

 

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Facts:

  • Primarily herbivores – 90 percent of the diet is fruit and nuts
  • Range: Mexico to Panama with some populations reported in Colombia
  • Habitat: Prefer the middle and upper canopy of the forests
    • Tail is used for swinging and to pick up objects
  • Usually feed in the morning
  • Have no thumbs
  • Can travel through trees as fast as a man can run on ground – using a method of locomotion called brachiation: arm over arm swinging through the branches
  • Females actively choose their own mates, sometimes spending the whole mating season with one male.
  • Can give birth at any time of the year
  • Mother will carry baby close to her chest until it is old enough to travel on her back