Undeniable Fact: That's nuts! I'm going bananas!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The only animal which is classified as both a rodent and a primate is the squirrel monkey, pictured below.

From a photo by tompagenet on flickr.com, licensed under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Native to South Africa, these little guys can grow to be about 4 inches long (excluding the bushy tail), but they average around 3 inches. Their opposable thumbs allow them to remove the shell from an acorn or nut at about 35 times the speed of a grey squirrel. They are also the only rodent with a prehensile tail.


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