Common Marmoset

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Scientific Name
Callithrix jacchus


Wild: 10 years
Captivity: 14 years

7-7.4 inches

Average Weight
8.3-9 oz

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Name of Young

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Common marmosets are common in Brazil, however they are threatened by habitat loss.

Did you know?

  • Marmosets are very small monkeys found in northern Brazil. Their name comes from the French word “marmouset” which translates to “dwarf”.
  • They are arboreal and spend their time in the trees. Marmosets have claw like nails that allow them to cling to trees and climb like squirrels. They can climb vertically as well as run and leap across branches.
  • Marmosets are omnivores and feed on insects, fruit, flowers, and sap. They have chisel-shaped incisors to gnaw holes in the bark of trees to get lick and scoop out the sap. Saps and gums make up much of their diet when fruit is scarce.

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