A1 - HR - Mammals - Monkey (2) A black spider-monkey with a red howler-monkey © Bertie Gregory 2013

Manu Wildlife Highlights March '13

These are some of the exciting things that have been spotted in and around Manu in the last month.

Amazon Tree Boa

This species exhibits an immense variety of colors and patterns. The basic color can be anywhere from black, brown, or gray, to any shade of red, orange, yellow, or many colors in between.

Amazon Tree Boa - Corallus hortulanus
Amazon Tree Boa – Corallus hortulanus

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel monkeys are omnivores, eating primarily fruits and insects. Occasionally they also eat seeds, leaves, flowers, buds, nuts, eggs and small vertebrates.

Common Squirrel Monkey - Saimiri sciureus
Common Squirrel Monkey – Saimiri sciureus

Western Striped Forest Pit Viper

This is the only green viper in the region, locally known as Loro Machaco.

HR - Reptiles - Western Striped Forest Pit Viper (33)

 Western Amazon Coral Snake

Also seen was the equally beautiful, and deadly, Western Amazon Coral  this was a big specimen that was estimated to be well over a metre long.

coral snake1

Spider Monkeys

Their disproportionately long limbs and dark fur give rise to their name, making them look like large spiders in the trees.

Spider monkey

Saddle Backed Tamarin

The brown-mantled tamarin is sympatric with the pygmy marmoset, sharing the same habitat in South American counties, and will often raid the gum holes of this species.

HR - Mammals - saddle back tamarin (7)

White Lipped Peccary

White-lipped peccaries have a scent gland on their back, which emits a scent making a strong bond between members of the herd allowing them to identify each other.

A1 - HR - Mammals - Huangana bebé (4)

Giant Anteaters

When feeding giant anteaters do not spend long at an ant’s nest, and can consume up to about 30 000 ants per day.



Although generally terrestrial, these snakes are also excellent swimmers and even climbs trees when necessary to reach prey.

HR - Reptiles - Snake, Fer-de-lance, andy, resized (32)

Brown Capuchin

The tufted capuchin lives in groups of two to twenty or more animals. A single group usually contains at least one adult male, but mixed groups with multiple males do also occur.

brown capuchin


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