SNOW MONKEYS: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Males & females
While it is hard to distinguish males from females physically when they are young, the behavior shown is very telling of the gender. Male monkeys are play-fighting and running, climbing up and down trees and chasing each other from the young age of 3~4 months old. Females are a bit calmer and often play by themselves or get another female to play with them.
When they mature, it is easier to see the difference between the sexes. Males are somewhat bigger than females and enjoy a muscular build while females are rounder in shape. Both have two buttock pads but the ones on the female are further apart. The monkeys live a life of 25/30 years on average.
The macaques have opposable thumbs so they can grasp things between their fingers and thumb, like humans. They can also grasp things like this with their feet, unlike humans. Their feet are long in comparison with their hands. When it gets colder the monkeys curl their feet up and try to not let their feet touch the cold snow as the palm of their feet, and hands, are very sensitive to temperature.
The Japanese macaques do not smile. When they bare their teeth, they show their opponent that they will fight if necessary. The play-fighting done by the younglings is accompanied by the same facial expressions seen during a real fight, but they don’t make the frightening growls and screams heard at an actual fight.
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