Mammal

Pygmy marmoset

Area: 
Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and northern Bolivia
Habitat: 
Tropical forests and along rivers
Food: 
Tree sap, fruit, nectar, and insects
Size: 
4- to 6-inch-long body; tail measures 6 to 9 inches long.
Babies: 
Usually 2 but sometimes 4 babies—about the size of a human thumb at birth!
Pygmy marmosets have a super-flexible neck and can turn their head backward to watch for predators.
Mini Monkeys

 

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest type of monkey—one would fit in a grown-up human’s hand! Because they are so tiny, pygmy marmosets can become preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. for wild cats, harpy eagles, hawks, and snakes. These marmosets live in dense rain forests where there are lots of hiding places. Quick and clever, they dash from one safe spot to the next.

 

Pygmy marmosets do a lot of climbing because tree sap is their favorite food. They cling to the side of a tree trunk and bite a hole in the bark. When the tree sap oozes out, they lap it up with their tongue. The sap also attracts insects that the marmosets eat, too.

 

These mini monkeys communicate by chattering and trilling in high-pitched voices. They also make faces to show surprise, fear, or just feeling fine. Because they are so small and cute, people often want to have one at home, even though monkeys do not make good pets. They are messy eaters, and they bite when scared, angry, or frustrated. And nothing in your home would be safe when a small but mighty marmoset starts monkeying around!