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Fun Facts About the Black-Handed Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys are well known for their name. Although their name may sound like they are spiders, they are actually mammals. Black-handed spider monkeys live in Mexico and South America and can weigh up to 17 pounds. They climb and use their long prehensile tails to move or hang onto other branches.

A spider monkey's meal can consist of fruits, leaves, nuts, flowers, and insects. They eat their daily meals to help them grow and continue to reproduce so they don't go extinct. A black-handed spider monkey can only have one baby at a time. When a baby is born, it hangs onto its mother’s chest until it reaches at least five months old and can climb on its own. If the baby can not reach a branch, the mother will stretch herself like a bridge so it can climb over.

As you can see, there is so much to learn about these fast tree climbers. Although they may sound scary, they are actually pretty cool because they can use many body parts to move around treetops.

[Source: First big book of animals]

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