|Golden Lion Tamarin|
Habitat and Distribution: These tamarins are arboreal (they live in trees). They live in coastal tropical rainforests in eastern Brazil, South America.
Anatomy: Golden lion tamarins are covered with long, silky, gold-colored fur; the face, hands and feet are bare. Adult golden lion tamarins range from about 8 to 14 inches (20-36 cm) long plus a tail that is from 12 to 15 inches (31-40 cm) long. Unlike most other primates, they have claws (and not flat nails). Males and females are similar in appearance.
Diet: The golden lion tamarin is an omnivore (eating both animals and plants); it eats insects, fruit, small snakes, lizards, snails, spiders, and vegetables. Tamarins use their claws to dig for insects in the bark of trees.
Enemies: The golden lion tamarin is hunted by eagles, hawks, jaguars, jaguarundis, ocelots, and snakes.
Classification:Kingdom Animalia (animals), Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Primates, Family Callitrichidae (marmosets, tamarins), Genus Leontopithecus, Species L. rosalia.
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