Thursday, May 14, 2015

Understanding Marmoset Behavior

Some finger monkeys do not come docile right away. When they are put up for sale as pets, they are often trained to be more receptive of care in a more closed setting. On the inverse, it pays to learn more about their ways out in the wild.

With an average lifespan of 12 years in the wild, common marmosets are normally found in countries like Brazil and Argentina, with species that breed in various forest types which include coastal and dry forests. The marmoset is also recognized for its white ears and long tail, with coats that vary from grey to yellow or brown colors, and paler facial skin that gradually darkens. Body lengths of both males and females are also relatively the same, with 188 mm as the average height for males and 185 mm for females.

In a habitat surrounded by trees, the bodies of common marmosets are designed specifically for an arboreal way of life, with sharp teeth and incisors for feeding on exudates or tree excretions and clinging to trunks. Among tree-adapted mammals, common marmosets are the group that consumes various kinds of exudates the most, using a system developed by their kind. It involves utilizing their incisors to wound the bark of a tree then chew on it to enable a stable flow of exudation, which comprises 20-70% of their overall diet.

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