The common name for this type of monkey is spider monkey. The scientific name for the spider monkey is Ateles. Spider monkeys are omnivorous mammals. A group of spider monkeys would be called a troop. Troops work together to find food. The average lifespan for a wild spider monkey would be 22 years. The average lifespan for a spider monkey in captivity is 22 years, too. Spider monkeys get their name from their spider-like appearance when they hang by their tails from a tree. Spider monkeys are specialists at swinging from limb to limb. Although, most monkeys jump from tree to tree.
Spider monkeys depend a lot on fruits found in the natural habitat for food. Only about 10% of the foods they eat are not fruits. Spider monkeys will open up their mouths and swallow their food completely. When they don't have much fruit, they will try to find sap. They can also eat bark from trees. They have sharp nails that help them peel away the outer layer of the tree bark.
Male and female spider monkeys look very similar. They mostly have all black fur and they don't have any under fur. Spider monkeys can be golden, red, buff, brown or black. They have a general size of 14 to 26 in. And they can weigh up to 13.25 lbs. They're tail is sometimes longer than they're body. When climbing, they're tail acts like a fifth hand.
Spider monkeys live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. They occur as far north as Mexico. Spider monkeys can be found in the trees. They almost never come down to the ground. They live in the upper canopy of the foests. Spider Monkeys prefer to live in wet forests instead of dry forests. They sometimes make their habitat in mangrove forests, too.