Trivia question for Apr-19-2011
Olivia is going with another primate again for today’s trivia. Lets see how you do with this one: These monkeys have an arboreal locomotion similar to squirrels. They use their nails to cling to the side of a tree and, with lower incisors as big as their canines, gnaw off the bark stimulate the flow of edible gum.
They will inflict a wound on the tree and lick or swoop the gum with its teeth. They cling to tree vertically, run across branches quadrupedally and leap between trees. They employ a number of vocal and visual communications. To signal alarm, aggression, and submission; they will use the “partial open mouth stare,” “frown,” and “slit-stare”. To display fear or submission, they often flatten their ear-tufts close to their heads.
So here are Olivia’s questions: How many young do these little guys usually rear per year, and also tell us what (about their hands) makes them different from most monkeys?
Good Luck 😉
Well both Arkte Spirit and Ty got part of the trivia correct. The little fur balls we featured are the Common Marmoset. These marmosets have a high breeding rate, commonly rearing up to four young per year and yes they are prone to having twins.
As for its hands, they have a long palms and fingers ending in sharp claws which allow for a good grip. But unlike most monkeys, the common marmoset does not have opposable thumbs, so it is less adept at manipulating objects. Here is more on these little mammals: Common Marmoset
Thanks for playing along 😉