Vervet monkey Essay

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The vervet monkey is simply known as vervet. It is a common name of species chlorocebus pygerythrus, which is an old world monkey of family carcopithecidae. There are several subspecies of vervet monkeys. Generally the body is a greenish-olive or silvery-gray. The face, ears, hands, feet and tip of the tail are black, but a conspicuous white band on the forehead blends in with the short whiskers. The males are slightly larger than the females and easily recognized by a turquoise blue scrotum and red penis. Vervet monkeys living near areas inhabited by people can become pests, stealing food and other items and raiding crops. Good climbers, jumpers and swimmers, they often elude capture. Habitat: It is found throughout much of southern and east Africa like in a countries Ethiopia, Somalia to South Africa. This small, black-faced monkey is common in East Africa as it adapts easily to many environments. It is widely distributed and not found west of the Great Rift Valley or Luangwa River. The two have often been considered conspecific. The Vervet Monkey inhabits savana lands and mountains up to 4,000 m (13,100 ft). In East Africa these monkeys can live in mountain areas up to about 13,000 feet, but they do not inhabit rain forests or deserts. Their preferred habitat is acacia woodland along streams, rivers and lakes. They are diurnal, sleeping and eating in trees from which they seldom venture. The ververt monkey prefers woodlands of all kinds, but favors woodlands adjacent to grassland. Ververts feed on all kinds of fruits, seeds, seedpods, leaves, buds, sap, flowers, herbs, and grasses. It will also eat things like lizards, birds eggs, and insects. The ververt monkey is considered a diurnal mammal. Usually active in the early morning and late afternoon, but activity peaks vary depending on factors such as: habitat, predation, abundance of food and water. Behavior:

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