Length of body and head, 10.25 - 14.25 inches; Weight 0.66 - 2.25 lbs
Central and South America
Forests lining South American waterways
Wild - Insects, berries, fruits, snails, vegetation, birds, eggs
Zoo - Biscuits, fruits, vegetables, mealworms, crickets, apple juice
- Live in bands of 12 - 100 members, led by females
- Arboreal (tree dwellers) -- move silently through the treetops decending to ground only rarely
- Constantly groom their fur
- Very susceptible to parasitic infections
- Can make 26 different sounds
- Non-prehensile tail
- When demarcating its own territory, it leaves a scent by soaking its body, especially its tail in its urine.
One -- Males double their body size during mating season
CITES App. II; declining due to habitat destruction, hunting for meat, and the pet trade; it is being bred in captivity.