Common Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus

Scientific Name

Common Squirrel Monkey:  
Saimiri sciureus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The common squirrel monkey can be found throughout most of Central and South America, predominantly near the Amazon River Basin.

Natural Habitat

The common squirrel monkey can primarily be found in the tropical low-land rainforest.

Physical Characteristics

  • The common squirrel monkey contains a distinct white mask of fur around their eyes with black to brown coloration under their chin as well as around their mouth with an average height of 11 inches.

Quick Facts

  1. Common squirrel monkeys can survive up to 15 years in the wild and 20 years in human care.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Common Squirrel Monkey is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Common squirrel monkeys consume primarily a combination of insects and fruit, depending on the seasonal abundance of either.