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Pocket Monkey, The Smallest Monkey In The World That Costs About $7,000

The pygmy marmoset also known as pocket monkey or finger monkey is the smallest and one of the smartest primate in the world. It is of the genus cebuella and weighs about 100 grams (3.5 Oz). It has a length of about 117-152 mm (4.6-6.0 in) and a tail of about 172-229 mm (6.5-9.0 in). Their colour ranges from brownish-gold, black and grey on its back and head, while its underbelly ranges from yellow, orange and tawny.

The pygmy marmoset can rotate its head 180 degrees and also possess sharp claw-like nails which is used to cling to branches and trees. They are also well known for their communication abilities which include an intricate call systems.

Where are they found

Pocket Monkeys are found in the western part of the Amazon forest and are native to South American countries like; Bolivia, Colombia, Western Brazil and Peru.

What do they eat

They are omnivores which eat tree sap. They also feed on butterflies, fruits, nectar, small spiders and leaves.


They have an average lifespan of about 12-16 years in the wild, but lives for about 15-22 years in captivity.

Are they dangerous

Pocket monkeys are generally not dangerous to other pets and even to children. Though the males are known to be aggressive especially when they are matured.

Can they be kept as pet

Monkeys are somehow not considered as good pets, but the pygmy marmoset can be kept as pets, though it will require so much care and attention.

How much do they cost

Though their price is associated with them being the smallest primates on earth. They cost about $4,000-$7,000.

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