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

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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