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Marmosets and Tamarin Monkeys
Pygmy Marmoset Monkeys
Are they the right pet for you!
There is such a great variety of monkeys in our world! Some can make exciting and loving pets to have in our homes. The Marmoset and Tamarin are among the few that are seeing less controversy as exotic pets.
They both originate in South American and are members of the Callitrichid family. They prefer to be with a family of other monkeys and will be very lonely if deprived of that family. If you decide to bring only one home this new baby will need you to be his life companion, so be ready. As the Marmoset ages it tends to become a bit aggressive and unpredictable, however, the Tamarin seems to be less aggressive as well as less "unpredictable". Of the two, it is said that the Tamarin is a better personal pet than the Marmoset. Although, all animals are individuals and can vary in temperament and personality. They become sexually mature at about 16 to 25 months of age, at which time you should see a minor change in personality. The normal gestation period is approximately 150 days. The Marmoset will usually have twins; triplets and quadruplets can also occur. The Tamarin will almost always have twins.
The babies will be born with their eyes open, all their teeth, full coat of fur and extremely strong forearms to hold on with. In the wild, the babies will nurse from their mother until the next infants are ready to be born, which is approximately six months. However, a breeder will wean the babies at approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age.
The way you feed your new baby is very important so make sure you take notes from your breeder and vet. The Marmoset and Tamarin are both VERY intelligent and should be feed a rotating diet to prevent boredom. As for "house breaking" your new baby, they can be trained to go to a designated area to relieve themselves, but this will take time so don't give up.
How about their new home? They love to sleep in a box which is placed high up in their cage. They will enjoy blankets and stuffed animals to snuggle with and will deem sunset as bedtime. Morning is another thing all together! They love to jump and play so they will need lots of room to do this. A cage at least 3' by 3' by 4', should work for two of them to play. Some owners allow the monkeys to run freely around the house, if this is your plan, make certain you have eyes on them at all times just for their safety. The cage gives them a feeling a security and home base, so don't feel like you locking them up!
License or Permits are not required to own a Marmoset or Tamarin, however the USDA does require a license to breed, exhibit or sell them.
Common: Lives from 7 to 20 yrs, length head & body: 7 to 12", tail : 7 to 16", weight 10 to 18 oz
Geoffroy: Lives from 7 to 16 yrs, length head & body: 7 to 8", tail : 9 to 11", weight 10 to 12 oz
Pygmy: Lives over 16 yrs, length head & body: 4.7 to 5.8", tail : 6.6 to 6.9", weight 3.5 to 4.5 oz
Silvery: Lives over 10 yrs, length head & body: 7 to 10.9", tail: 10.3 to 14.8, weight 10.6 to 12.7 oz
Cotton Top: Lives 15 yrs, length head & body: 7.8 to 11.3", tail: 12.1 to 16.4", weight 12.3 to 15.0 oz
Golden Lion: Lives 15 yrs, length head & body: 7.8 to 13.3", tail: 12.3 to 15.6", weight 12.7 to 25 oz
Emperor: Lives 18 yrs, length head & body: 9.2 to 10.4", tail: 14 to 16.6", weight 10.7 to 14 oz
Black: Lives 16 yrs, length head & body: 7.5 to 8.2 ", tail: approx. 10", weight 9 to 13 oz