Spider monkeys are omnivores that typically feed on fruits, leaves, nuts and spiders. Some also eat honey, bird eggs or bark. They spend the majority of their time in the tops of trees, and this is where they acquire their food. The lead female of a group of spider monkeys is typically in charge of finding food sources and leading the others in the group toward them.
There are several different species of spider monkeys that live in Central and South America. They are well-adapted to life in the rainforest, using their long arms and nimble tails to swing from tree to tree. Spider monkeys are noisy animals and communicate with one another through a range of squeaks, barks and other sounds.
A typical spider monkey is between 14 and 26 inches in length, not including its tail. They have an average lifespan of 22 years in the wild, and infants are completely reliant on their mothers for nourishment and for protection for the first six months of life. Spider monkeys only bear offspring once every three to four years. This allows them to spend time carefully raising each new youth. Spider monkey mothers are highly attentive, and some observers have seen them helping their young offspring navigate the tree tops and forage for food safely.