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Photographed through glass, at Mogo Zoo, on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Pygmy Marmosets are the smallest marmosets and one of the smallest of all primates, averaging
six inches long and weighing only six ounces at maturity! They have tawny agouti fur (the tip of the
hair is a different colour to the base) with an indistinctly dark-ringed tail.
They live in flooded forest near rivers, bamboo thickets and the edges of agricultural fields. Pygmy
Marmosets are found only in the western Amazon’s floodplain forests in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and
Colombia, where they keep to the middle and lower canopy levels to avoid birds of prey. During the
day they feed on fruits, insects, leaves, and spiders.
Marmosets have also become specialized in lapping tree sap. With their long lower incisors,
they gnaw holes in the tree trunk to tap the sap, then drink it as it oozes out. They will return
repeatedly to a tapped site to feed. They move easily around the tree trunks because, except
for the first toe, which has a flat nail, all their digits end in curved claws- a feature unique to
marmosets and closely related tamarins. At night pygmy marmosets retreat to tree holes.
Edited from Wikipedia and WildernessClassroom.com