When it comes to pets, the first animals that come to mind are dogs and cats. On the other hand, some may think of hamsters, rabbits, fish, or turtles. What about monkeys? Yes, it is possible to own a monkey and keep as a pet, and why not? They’re intelligent, human-like, and cuddly, even.
Buying a pet monkey isn’t as simple as going to the nearest pet shop and picking one off, however. The type of monkey that is in consideration should first be studied so that you know what you are getting. The most common types of monkeys being bought and kept as pets are marmosets, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and spider monkeys. Continue reading
Known for their small size and brownish coats, common marmosets have become quite a fascination to many pet owners. These New World Monkeys live for around 12 years in the wild, clinging to trunks of trees in the thick forested areas of Brazil and Argentina. Independent out there, a domesticated life requires an owner’s undivided attention.
The body structure of marmosets are designed for an arboreal lifestyle, or a tree-adapted way of life, with average lengths of males reaching only up to 188 millimeters, while females fall short at 185 millimeters. Their primary food source comes from the tree’s excretion, which comprises 20 to 70% of their diet. Using sharp canine teeth, these small monkeys chew on various kinds of exudates like latex, gum and sap, while their claw-like fingers keep them from falling. Continue reading
When you have decided to acquire a pygmy marmoset, one aspect that a pet seller will have you look out for is the animal’s behavior. In many ways, understanding the monkey’s behavior is key to being able to live with him, tolerate his quirks, and in turn, learning to love him even more. Continue reading
In a household, pets are also considered as family since they provide entertainment and companionship to everyone. Not all would prefer the usual cats and dogs for pets, though, with some opting instead for more exotic types, such as marmoset monkeys and the like.
The state of Florida acknowledges this tendency for people to look for more interesting animals to own, yet they are also concerned for the safety of the animal. Thus, keeping an exotic animal as a pet requires a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and it would be based on what class the animal will fall under. Continue reading
Dogs are man’s best friend. With the charm, loyalty, and cuteness all in one package that dogs possess, human beings are absolutely in love with them. That being said, Dogs and cats are the usual choice of pets. On the other hand, the adventurous type of people also considers exotic animals such as snakes, tigers, and monkeys as pets.
These exotic animals, however, are not for everyone, as they require a very distinct kind of care in response to their needs. Compared with other animals, monkeys can be very demanding about their needs, so choosing the right species is crucial. For people who are considering a monkey as their companion in life, here are some guidelines that may help in their decision-making. Continue reading
They’re cute and cuddly, and they’d easily fit around your finger; the charm of pygmy marmoset monkeys (Cebuella Pygmaea) makes it one of the top choices for people looking for exotic pets. Believe it or not, however, the name origin for pygmy marmosets isn’t as cute and cuddly as the creatures themselves. Some believe that the name was derived from the old French word “marmouset”, which meant a grotesque image or mannequin. Continue reading
These might not be at the top of anyone’s must-have pets list, but marmoset monkeys can actually make for really adorable pets. Some people keep a couple of them in their homes, and they would be able to tell you that owning a common marmoset requires a lot of hard work.
To prepare for ownership yourself, you might want to learn more about them. Most commonly found in Brazil, marmosets have a grey body and, as they age, develop white tuffs extending from both sides of their faces, thus earning them the moniker Cotton Eared Marmosets. Discerning between the male and the female marmosets might be difficult, since both genders look very similar to each other. Male marmosets could reach up to a pound in weight, with females weighing slightly less. Continue reading