Squirrel Monkey Male Skull measures 2.5 inches. Squirrel Monkey Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Squirrel monkeys or Saimiri boliviensis are New World monkeys of the genus Saimiri. Saimiri is the only genus in the subfamily Saimirinae.

Squirrel monkeys or Saimiri boliviensis live in the tropical forests of Central and South America in the canopy layer. The squirrel monkey is commonly captured for the pet trade and for medical research, but it is not threatened.

Squirrel monkey or Saimiri boliviensis fur is short and close, colored black at the shoulders and yellowish orange on its back and extremities. The upper parts of their heads are hairy. Their black-and-white face gives them the name “death’s head monkey” in several Germanic languages (e.g., German Totenkopfaffen, Swedish dödskalleapor, Dutch doodshoofdaapjes) and Slovenian (smrtoglavka).

Squirrel monkeys or Saimiri boliviensis grow from 9.8 to 13.8 in. long, plus a 14 to 17 in. tail. Male squirrel monkeys weigh 26 to 39 oz. Females weigh 18 to 26 oz. Both males and females are equipped with long and hairy tails, flat nails, and pointed claws.

Squirrel monkeys or Saimiri boliviensis are diurnal and arboreal. Unlike other New World monkeys, their tail is not used for climbing but as a kind of “balancing pole” and also as a tool. Their movements in the branches can be very rapid.

Squirrel monkeys or Saimiri boliviensis live together in multi-male/multi-female groups with up to 500 members. These large groups, however, can occasionally break into smaller troupes.

The groups have a number of vocal calls, including warning sounds to protect the group from large falcons, which are a natural threat. Their small body size also makes them susceptible to predators such as snakes and felids. For marking territory, squirrel monkeys rub their tail and their skin with their own urine.

Squirrel monkeys are omnivores, eating primarily fruits and insects. Occasionally, they also eat seeds, leaves, flowers, buds, nuts, and eggs.

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Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 2.5 in
Squirrel Monkey Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Cebidae
Subfamily: Saimiriinae
Miller, 1912 (1900)
Genus: Saimiri
Voigt, 1831
Type species: Saimiri sciureus