Pigmy Marmoset

The Pigmy Marmoset is one of the world's smallest primates, sitting here on a young boys fingers. A full grown Pigmy Marmoset weighs only 3 ounces (86 g) and measures a short six inches (15 cm). It eats berries, buds, fruits, and arthropods (insects and spiders, that is). They also get a lot of nourishment from sucking the juices from trees.

Marmosets are monkeys of the family Callitrichidae. While they are among the cutest animals in the world, I don't think they live very long as pets.

Unlike most of the species on the tour, this one is not found in Central America but is from South America. It lives in the rainforests of the Amazon Basin.

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