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Meet the Pygmy Marmoset

February 15, 2021

Pygmy marmosets, also known as pocket monkeys or finger monkeys, are definitely one of the most adorable primates out there. In fact, these guys are the smallest monkey in the world. As one can imagine, it’s easy to fall for their cute faces and want to adopt one. But do they make good pets? A Greater Cincinnati vet offers a few tips on this below.

Basics

Pygmy marmosets are actually quite long-lived for a small animal. They can live up to 20 years with good care. In the wild, they live with buddies, usually in troops of up to nine. These little guys have a few impressive traits. They can turn their heads almost all the way around, and can jump up to 5 yards!

Things To Consider

Before purchasing a finger monkey, you’ll need to make sure that they are legal where you live. It’s against the law to own them in many states. This is definitely something to consider if there’s any chance you might move later. It’s also worth noting that pygmy marmosets can be quite expensive. They can cost up to $4000 each! You also should never get just one, as your pet will be very lonely. Finally, keep in mind that males can be aggressive. An animal that can fit in the palm of your hand obviously won’t pose much of a physical threat, but they can and do nip. In fact, you may be surprised at how feisty these guys can get.

Housing

Your tiny primate will need a pretty large cage. This should offer lots of vertical space, as your pet will need lots of room to play and climb. Add swings, ladders, hide boxes, plants, platforms, and trees for your marmoset to climb. The cage should be positioned so that it gets direct sunlight every day.

Food

Pygmy marmosets live on tree gum in the wild. Pets can eat a variety of foods, including fruits and veggies, rice, and insects. You can also buy marmoset biscuits, which make great snacks. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial!  You’ll need to find a great vet that handles primates. Your vet will be able to give you specific care tips, including advice on handling, habitat, and signs of illnesses.

Do you have questions about marmoset care? Contact us, your Greater Cincinnati animal clinic, today!


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