Name: Siamang

Description and Physical Characteristics:
A Siamang is a black or deep brown primate. Their coat will cover nearly their entire bodies. It is very long haired in nature and thick. The Siamang is a medium sized primate that will stand between 2 and 3 feet tall and may weigh as much as 25-30 pounds when grown to adulthood.

Their hands and their feet are nearly like all other primates except for one major difference. They have two digits, the second and third toe that are fused together on their feet, a condition known as syndactylous digits.

The Siamang Monkey
The Siamang Monkey
The Siamang Monkey

The features of the Siamang are very much like other monkeys or primates, but they have a throat sac that they use to “talk” to other Siamangs. This is very large and pink or gray in color. The sounds they make are close in nature to a barking sound, and as they speak the throat sac will begin to inflate to accommodate their speech

Location and Habitat:
The locations where the Siamang may be found are on the island of Sumatra, as well as in Malaysia. They are found primarily in the rainforest’s areas. Also the forests of the mountainous portions of Sumatra and the monsoon forests.

The Siamang travels the rainforest’s swinging their bodies from tree to tree. They hold one branch and grab another one with the other arm. They are wonderful acrobats and will jump amazing distances while they move over the rainforest’s very quickly.

Food and Diet:
Siamangs are omnivores. They eat primarily fruit and leaves, as well as some nuts, but also tend to steal eggs from unattended nests and will eat small vertebrates, as well as other things such as insects and birds if the opportunity arises.

Breeding and Babies:
The Siamang is one of the primates that tend to mate with one partner for their entire lives. Generally they have just one baby at a time, although twins do happen. They are pregnant for about 8 months and will generally breed only every 2-3 years.

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