Facts about monkeys

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There are many fun and interesting facts about the Monkeys that you may be interested in learning. They are certainly curious animals but we also need to remember these primates are wild. They can be unpredictable so you do want to keep your distance from them.

Monkeys are considered to be one of the most popular forms of exotic pets. Even though it is illegal to keep them in many locations people continue to do so. Some of them have been trained to offer assistance and companionship for people that have various types of disabilities.

Grooming is a big part of socialization for Monkeys. They will spend long periods of time removing items from the fur of each other. Not only does it help them to stay clean but it is form of bonding.

A Monkey is a Cercopithecoid or a Platyrrhyne. This will classify them as either an Old World or New World Monkey.

There are 264 known Monkey species. They have tails which is what differentiates them from Apes.

The smallest Monkeys are about 6 inches long and 4 ounces. The largest ones can be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 77 pounds.

Many types of Monkeys live high up in the trees. They are called arboreal as they will spend their entire lives on the trees. Others go back and forth between land and trees.

Monkeys have long, powerful tails. They use them for balance, vertical leaping, and they are able to hang upside down from trees for long periods of time with them.