males have a bright blue scrotum and a scarlet
penis. Females have one pair of nipples on the chest.
Habitat and Distribution
Vervet Monkeys occur in woodland, tree savanna and
flourish in city suburbs. They are dependent on water.
A wide range of vegetable foods but also insects, birds' eggs and small
vertebrates. Often a serious pest in fruit orchards, crops and gardens.
Single young are born spring/summer and are weaned
at four months.
Behavior and Habits
They are active during the day and sleep in trees. The are very sociable and live in troops usually 20-30 strong. Females
remain in the troop that
they were born in but males move from troop to troop after puberty. There are separate dominance
hierarchies for males and females and only high-ranking males can mate. Troops have territories with well-defined boundaries.
Taken by crowned and martial eagles, leopards and pythons.
Vervet Monkeys have a wide range of calls, including three
very specific and distinct warning calls that signify threats from terrestrial predators, snakes and
Dung and Field sign
Droppings are 3-4 cm, roughly rounded and lumpy, usually containing
fragments of vegetable foods. Discarded fragments of fruit and inedible pods.