Finger Monkey Cost

Finger Monkey Cost

Finger monkeys (Cebuella pygmaea) are also called “pocket monkeys” and “pygmy marmosets,” and are classified in the genera Callithrix which contains 18 species. This monkey species is one of the few allowed, in some states, to live as a domesticated pet. These monkeys live in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. But how much does a finger monkey cost?

A finger monkey can cost from $1,500 up to $4,000.

The finger monkey is the smallest monkey in the world. Most of them have around 14 to 16 centimeters (5.5 to 6.3 inches) and the tail reaches its body size meaning, approximately, another 15 to 20 centimeters (5.9 to 7.9 inches). They weigh from 100 to 200 grams, the female can weigh around 120 grams, and the male around 140 grams.

Their gray with yellow and green streaks on the fur give them a grizzly look, perfect for camouflage. They have long hair around their ears. They belong to the primates, relatively primitive with small brains and claws. Their body temperature has significant variations throughout the day, around 4° C.

Typical costs related to finger monkeys

Depending on the store and area, a finger monkey can cost from $1,500 up to $4,000.
You also need a cage for your finger monkey that depending on the construction, complexity, and size, might cost you from $150 to $400.
The pocket monkeys’ food will cost you around $35 – $75 per month, which we say it’s reasonable enough.
If you buy it from another state and not from a local store you might take into consideration the shipment fees, which may vary from $100 to $300.

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The finger monkey’s natural habitat and food

They are very active, live in tall trees, and jump a lot. They are diurnal animals and very territorial, marking their territory with the odors produced by the glands on the head and tummy. At night, they sleep in hollows or on leave beds near a food source. They feed on insects, fruits, and leaves, and even with core branches, due to their long incisors.

Housing a Finger Monkey

If you want to own a pygmy marmoset, then you will have to get a large cage that has a lot of plants to mimic its natural habitat and the environment the pet is used to, tunnels, but also a lot of swings so it can play around.

If you want to have a healthy monkey, then adequate sunlight is a must. Their housing will need some special types of arrangements to ensure that these pets have enough sunlight. If there is no possibility to provide sufficient sunlight, then you will have to add a heating source or infrared lamp so that the available light is supplemented. For this, a 250-watt bulb will most likely work just fine.

Keep in mind that you will also have to clean the pet’s cage regularly to get rid of some of the odor, considering that it has really smelly urine.

The finger monkey’s behavior

Pygmy marmosets use their vocal cords to signal danger, to call or attract attention. Sounds can be short for the nearby group members or longer for those that are farther.
They don’t live in large groups, they gather up to 12 members, no more. They love to socialize and spend much of their time with others.
Finger Monkey LookThey can be very aggressive if they feel the need. They can fight till the last breath if they need to defend themselves or defend those who are part of the group. The finger monkey’s behavior is still under research.

The finger monkey’s reproduction

They live in groups of 3 to 12 individuals. In general, there is a couple of adults and their progenies. They are both monogamous and polygamous. Babies are raised and protected by all the group members.
The birth of twins is very common. Gestation lasts 4 or 5 months. They reach maturity at the age of 1 year and a half. They communicate using shouts and gestures.
Their unfriendliness shout is not perceived by the human ear. Their only enemies are the birds of prey. The average lifespan of a finger monkey is 11 years in the wild and 20 in captivity.

Health Concerns

Pygmy marmosets catch colds pretty easily. And that’s not all; they also get most of the diseases that would infect humans. Among the most common diseases they face are HIV, cold sores, measles, and even chicken pox. Keep in mind that you will have to find a veterinarian that knows how to deal with and treat these types of pets, which might get pricey at some point.

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Finger monkeys are considered the most wanted exotic pets, but, unfortunately, they adapt quite hard around people, and most of them suffer depression once they are moved from their environment or group. In some cases, depression can be fatal.

Incredible Facts About Finger Monkeys 

One of the most interesting things about the finger monkey is, of course, its size. It’s its small size that makes it one of the most unique animals on the planet.

However, there are other very interesting facts that set this monkey apart from other creatures, things that are more or less known.

So check out some of the most amazing facts about the finger monkey that will surely make you reconsider these tiny animals.

  • Finger monkeys are actually categorized under two different species. The first one is the Cebuella Niveiventris, and is the actual Eastern pygmy marmoset, while the other one is known as the Western Pygmy marmoset, with its scientific name Cebuella Pygmaea.
  • The male and female monkey pair will not only breed together for their whole lives but they will also live together.
  • They also have a practice very common in the monkey world when it comes to grooming their fur, and this is to help each other out with this task.
  • Pocket monkeys are also known as omnivores, eating anything from tree sap to fruits, butterflies, and most types of berries.
  • You will also notice that these tiny animals have pointed fingernails that help them climb all kinds of trees.
  • This particular pirate species prefer to live on the tops of trees.

Wanna see just how cute these finger monkeys are? Check out the video below:

Should the average working Joe get a finger monkey?

The finger monkey is an expensive pet to buy and own because the initial cost of the monkey won’t be the only expense you will have to consider. This means that before you buy it, you should be sure that you have the necessary funds to get it and then raise it, without endangering your monthly budget. If you plan to get such a pet, remember that they are wild animals, so only buy one from a pet shop, to make sure that it has been vaccinated and isn’t aggressive to humans, especially children.

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7 replies
  1. Cathrene
    Cathrene says:

    WOW! This finger monkey really exists? It’s so cute I want one! I really hope they are nice pets. Who would want a dog when you can have this cutey? It’s pretty expensive at that cost but I can see why. You don’t see one of these too often.

  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    I bought one for my gf for roughly $1,200 from a friend, but I`ve seen some sell for over $6,000. I hope this helps other people that think about buying a finger monkey.

  3. Billie
    Billie says:

    Although this finger monkey is pretty expensive, I really like owning one! They are great as pets, really easy to take care of and really fun to play with. I strongly encourage everyone that wants one to get it. Great article and really on point.

    • Connie Gifft
      Connie Gifft says:

      I’d love to have a finger monkey but have no idea where to get one. I live in Winchester VA. Any idea?
      Thank you
      Connie Gifft


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