The Pygmy Marmoset

The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest true monkey, easily fitting in the palm of your hand, it weighs about as much as a stick of butter. A pygmy marmoset’s tail: it’s longer than its body. The tail is not prehensile, but it helps the little monkey keep its balance as it gallops through the treetops.

Pygmy Marmoset

They have the ability to cling to trees due to their sharp claws. They use their vocal calls to chatter, to tell of danger, to encourage mating, and to encourage their young. They feed on tree sap, using sharp incisors to gnaw through the bark.

Pygmy MarmosetThese monkeys don’t live in large groups, they will have 12 members at the most. They really enjoy bonding and spend all their free time with each other. The pygmy marmoset live in the rain forests of South America, including Columbia, Brazil, Ecuador, and parts of Bolivia.

They will be ready to mate as long a they have enough food and shelter around them, when their natural habit is being destroyed those things aren’t always there. Females always give birth to twins, who are nurtured by the whole family group of 2-6 individuals. There is a very high mortality rate of the young Pygmy Marmoset Monkeys, only about 25% of the young will live to reach maturity.

The small size of the pygmy marmoset monkey has made it potentially susceptible to predators like climbing snakes, and different birds of prey like hawks and eagles. The average lifespan of the pygmy marmoset is 11-12 years in the wild. Despite being popular as cute-looking, pygmy marmoset monkeys are not very competent as pets for a few of their natural habits.

Pygmy Marmoset

These monkeys, when full grown, can often be quite aggressive by nature. They are very expensive, and even the huge glass or wire cage needed for them can be quite costly. Above all, these monkeys can’t be kept alone. They must be kept in group, or at least, with a second individual.