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Crab-Eating Macaque

Crab-Eating Macaque Facts

Scientific NameMacaca Fascicularis
Size (H)38cm - 55cm (15in - 22in)
Weight3kg - 9kg (7lbs - 20lbs)
Top Speed48km/h (30mph)
Lifespan15 - 30 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern
ColourGrey, Brown, White, Yellow
Skin TypeFur
Favourite FoodCrabs
HabitatRainforest and tropical jungle
Average Litter Size1
Main PreyCrabs, Fruits, Seeds, Insects
PredatorsEagle, Tiger, Large reptiles
Distinctive FeaturesVery sociable animal with a long tail

Crab-Eating Macaque Location

Map of Crab-Eating Macaque Locations
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Crab-Eating Macaque

The crab-eating macaque is a medium species of monkey, found in the tropical and sub-tropical forests and jungles throughout South-East Asia. The crab-eating macaque differs from other macaque species in the fact that the crab-eating macaque has a long tail which is about the same length as it's body.

The crab-eating macaque is widely dispersed across the South-East Asian jungles and is found in a variety of different habitats. The crab-eating macaque generally settles in areas that are close to water over a wide range of habitats including lowland forests, tropical jungles and mangroves.

The crab-eating macaque is a highly sociable animal and lives in groups containing between 5 and 60 crab-eating macaque individuals. The crab-eating macaque troops are centred around the female crab-eating macaques are they remain in the same place for their whole lives. There are often half as many males in a crab-eating macaque troop than there are females.

The crab-eating macaque is an arboreal primate meaning that it spends most of its life in the safety of the trees. The crab-eating macaque has a long tail which helps it to balance and sharp nails and its fingers to toes which help with grip.

Despite its name, the crab-eating macaque does not only eat crabs and in fact, at least 50% of the crab-eating macaque's diet is made up from fruits, nuts and seeds. The crab-eating macaque also eats insects, small reptiles, amphibians, fish and crustaceans.

The crab-eating macaque is relatively small in size and therefore has a number of predators within its natural environment. Tigers and large reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles are the main predators of the crab-eating macaque along with large birds of prey like eagles who prey on the smaller crab-eating macaque individuals.

After a gestation period of around six months, the female crab-eating macaque gives birth to a single infant (baby) crab-eating macaque. Male crab-eating macaque babies remain with their mothers until they are a couple of years old and are independent enough to find another troop, but the crab-eating macaque babies tend to remain in the troop for their whole lives.

Although the crab-eating macaque is not considered to be an animal under threat at this time, habitat loss in the form of pollution and deforestation is causing severe declines in the crab-eating macaque population numbers.