The Vervet Monkey is a small monkey with a greenish coat of fur and whiskers. The skin of abdomen is a blue color. They are 18-26 inches long and weigh between 7 and 10 pounds.

Scientific Name: Cercopithecus aethiops.

Habitat: They live south of the Sahara in west, south, and eastern Africa. They live mainly in woodlands, and are able to co-exist well with human populations.

Diet: The Vervet Monkey is an omnivore. They prefer grass, but also eat small insects and reptiles for protein.

Social Organization: They live in groups of 20-50 individuals. Females of this species usually live together in groups, while males may be fairly solitary or live in smaller groups.

Wacky Trivia: The male Vervet Monkey is forced to leave his home group when he enters puberty. The signal that he has started to enter puberty is when his penis turns a bright red. Considering that his scrotal region is blue, this certainly makes for an ostentatious combination.

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