Critter Science

The Science of Animals

vervet monkey

The Vervet Monkeys

The vervet monkeys are old world monkeys from Africa. They inhabit forests, scrublands and savannas; preferring areas near the streams and rivers. These monkeys also inhabit human settlements as there is often a wide selection of food. These monkeys have tails but they aren’t used as a prehensile feature; more as a way to balance while in trees.

First the Stats…

Scientific name: Cercopithecus aethiops
Weight: 6 – 11 lbs
Height: Up to 26 inches plus a 20 inch long tail
Lifespan: Up to 12 years

Now on to the Facts!

1.) Like so many other monkeys, vervets are diurnal (active during the day).

2.) Vervet monkeys spend most of their lives in trees, making them arboreal.

3.) Vervets are omnivores (eat both plant and animal matter). They primarily eat leaves, shoots, buds, flowers, roots, fruit, insects, eggs, grubs, and even small birds.

4.) They live in troops of 10 – 50 monkeys.

5.) You can hear them whistling, screaming, and squealing to communicate and relay information about potential predators.

But wait, there’s more on the vervet!

6.) A vervet monkey will spend several hours each day grooming itself and others in the troop.

7.) Predators include humans, leopards, caracals, baboons, servals, pythons, crocodiles, and eagles.

Did you know…?
Vervets have developed a taste for alcohol due to their close proximity to human habitations and will even get drunk!

8.) Vervet monkeys breed from April – June. Pregnancy lasts 165 days and produces one baby.

9.) These playful critters will push each other from branches in order to test their balance and to establish rank.

Now a Short Vervet Monkey Video!

Learn more about all kinds of cool critters here.

Be sure to comment below!

Critter Man

With over 40 years of critter experience to my credit and hundreds of zoology teaching hours to people around the world, I have amassed not only a continuing thirst for critter knowledge but a desire to teach others all I can about the majesty and wonder of our natural world. Critter Science is a culmination of such knowledge.I have hands on as well as book acquired intel on all kinds of critters. Whether they're on land, sea, or air.I will never say that I know everything about all animals. That's impossible, even for a savant. But, that being said, ask me any animal question and I'll answer it. If I don't know the answer, I'll get an answer for you!Let it be said that I have been oft times accused of loving animals more than I love people. I can neither confirm nor deny this.

You might also be interested in