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Animal Behavior
VERVET MONKEY
ORDER FAMILY Scientific name
Primates Cercopithecidae Cercopithecus aethiops
(Linnaeus,1758)
HABITAT Savanna woodland, mountains, forests and occasionally open grasslands.
HABITS Vervet monkeys associate in troops of up to 30 individuals. Contrary to Baboons, who spend the greater part of the day on the ground, Vervet monkeys are mainly arboreal, coming occasionally to the ground on their search for food. Their predators include Leopard, large eagles and pythons. They are very good swimmers and, if necessary they can even dive.
They attain a mass of about 7 Kg. and they can live for about 12 years.
DIET Vervet Monkeys feed on fruit, roots, leaves, grass, flowers, insects, lizards, birds and their eggs.
BREEDING

Females give birth to a single young after a gestation period of about 7 months.

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