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Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Rainforest- Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys are large in size. Adult monkeys grow to be almost two feet tall excluding the tail. They have a powerful tail that they use as an extra limb. Spider monkeys like to hang upside-down with all four limbs and the tail holding on to branches which makes them look like a spider and thus their name. They also have the ability to swing from branch to branch at a high speed. Their fur color can be black, brown, golden, red, or tan.

Spider monkeys spend most of their time high up in the canopy where they can find fruits and seeds to eat. They also eat plants. They are unusual monkeys in that they have only four fingers and no thumb. Spider monkeys are heavily hunted and are in danger of becoming extinct.

1. What is the average height of an adult spider monkey?

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2. What single part of their body gives them the ability to climb so well?

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3. If you were walking on the rainforest floor, where would you look to see a spider monkey?

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4. Why do spider monkeys differ greatly from other types of monkeys?

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