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The Basics of Finger Monkey Food and Diet Requirements

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Taking care of the nutritional needs of your Finger Monkey, or Pigmy Marmoset is a significant responsibility. First of all, you have to know what the species lies. In general, a full grown Finger Monkey enjoys a varied diet of fresh and organic foods. As is the case with human infants, baby Finger Monkeys begin eating by moving from liquids to solids as their bodies mature. So, when you go out grocery shopping for your little friend, be sure to pick up some or all of the following foods so you can offer it a well-balanced diet.

What does a finger monkey eat:
• Fresh leaves
• Small or chopped fresh fruits
• Tropical flower nectars
• Insects and beetles
• Miniature lizards
• Spiders and flies
• Tiny reptiles
• Tree gum and sap
• “Monkey Biscuits”
• Baby formula
• Rice cereal
• Oatmeal
After all that eating, your Pygmy Marmoset will probably be thirsty. Keeping your Finger Monkey hydrated is crucial. Without enough to drink, your little friend could begin to suffer from preventable ailments. On the same token, you don’t want to offer the animal an unhealthy or potentially harmful drink. So, while you’re making your grocery list make sure to choose from one of these Finger Monkey favorites:
• Sap from tropical trees
• Fresh, clean drinking water (avoid water that has been fortified with fluoride)
• Almond or goat’s milk (some studies show that soy products can result in aggression in adults)
• Diluted, organic fruit juice (avoid fruit juice concentrate)
When offering your Finger Monkey food, try to keep in mind that maintaining proper nutrition is essential to raising a happy and healthy primate. The sooner you get the animal into a well-balanced routine, the better your chances of enjoying their company for years to come. Also, remember that feeding a baby Finger Monkey takes some skill. You should not ever feed your baby Finger Monkey while it is laying on its back, but instead, be sure to place it on its stomach with its head tilted slightly upwards to prevent choking and death.

Oatmeal monkey food


Rice cereal

Rice cereal

fresh leaves for monkeys

Fresh leaves

Finger Monkey vs Sugar Glider: The Right Pet for You?

Exotic pets have been popular for centuries, but it is only in the last few decades that were owning a wild or exotic animal as a pet has become an attainable goal for people who are not in the highest classes of wealthy society. Today, finger monkeys and sugar gliders are considered to be two of the most popular exotic pets in the world. But which one would be the right fit for you? Let’s take a closer look at these two animals to see which would be the best pet for your home.



Finger monkeys can live for about 15 to 20 years if they are kept in exceptional health and given proper care.


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Sugar gliders live for slightly less, usually living about 12 to 14 years. In both cases, you must be prepared to commit over a decade of exceptional care for these animals.


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Both sugar gliders and finger monkeys are instinctively social animals in the wild, and this holds true when they are kept as pets. It is highly recommended for both species that you adopt at least two same-sex animals when they are young to meet their socialization needs.


When finger monkeys are young, they are quite small—only about 5 inches, which is what attracts many people to them. However, once they reach full adulthood, they will have grown to about 12 inches, so you will need to be prepared for this change in size.
Adult sugar gliders grow to about 7 inches, not counting their tails—which usually reach about 6 inches on their own.


Finger monkeys require a specialized diet to keep them healthy. Their diet is mostly fruits and vegetables, along with some cooked meats like chicken as well as certain types of insects that they would eat in the wild.

Sugar gliders also have a specialized diet that must be carefully regulated to avoid certain kinds of health issues. For example, sugar gliders who have an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus will become paralyzed.

The diet for both sugar gliders and finger monkeys isn’t necessarily expensive, but it is time-consuming because you must be very precise and knowledgeable with what you give them to meet their detailed nutritional needs.


Finger monkeys require large enclosures with an emphasis on height and toys/accessories to keep them stimulated and physically healthy. Their cage should be fitted with various branches, swings, and other monkey-appropriate toys to keep them occupied when they are in their cage.

Sugar Gliders Cage

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