Thursday, October 2, 2014

Proper Nourishment for a Pygmy Marmoset

Having a pygmy marmoset as a pet is such a thrill for a lot of Americans. It may not be as cuddly as your pet dog or cat but it surely has some characteristics and skills not found in other pets. Besides its deceiving weight and height, a pygmy marmoset is said to have the ability to leap up to more than 16 feet. If you’re up for buying a legal pygmy marmoset, you should know what to feed it.

Their natural diet in the wild consists mostly of samp made from dried corn kernels and gum acquired from trees. In your case, there's no need to go through the fuss of foraging for these out there. Commercially manufactured pellets that contain essential nutrients are widely available in pet shops.

They are very delicate and fragile animals that have many predators. This is why they feel safest when they are high in the trees. That’s why it's best to hang their food or dishes at least a meter above the ground to match their natural eating pattern. Make sure to provide fresh water at all times to keep them well-hydrated.

A newborn requires feeding every 2 hours while adults can last from about 4 to 6 hours. Sudden and improper diet can lead to diarrhea, which is very common among marmosets. This can be an early symptom for infection and parasitic invasion which could put their health at risk or cause death. 

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