Monkey Hands and Feet

All monkeys can use their hands and feet for holding on to branches.

Monkey feet are as flexible as their hands. Like humans, they have five fingers and five toes. Their fingers and toes are long, ending with fingernails and toenails.

On each hand they have a palm with padded areas that are usefuly for climbing trees and walking along the ground.

Monkeys are excellent at using their hands and fingers to break open nuts and fruits, to scratch, grab, and search for fleas.

The palm of a Vervet Monkey


Vervet Monkey hands


Vervet Monkey fingernails


Vervet Monkey


Vervet Monkey looking for fleas


Vervet Monkey

Sooty Mangabey
Sooty Mangabey
L’Hoest’s Monkey

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


One thought on “Monkey Hands and Feet

  1. Scientist say monkeys DNA is closest to the human DNA, but they have not been able to use monkey parts in humans.

    Yet they have used pig parts in humans, so if you compare human feet to monkey feet, you will quickly find a difference! The human foot seams to have evolved from a CLOVEN HOOF, looking close at the two small toes close to the big toe.

    My guess is Monkey for up right, and pig for intelligence?

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