Typically, when you hear the words “finger monkeys” for the first time, you would not immediately think that they are real, breathing monkeys. Then, if someone tells and shows you a small monkey clinging onto a human finger, you begin to feel skeptical, asking yourself, “are finger monkeys real?”
But to answer such inevitable question from a first timer, YES, there are real finger monkeys that are about the size of a human finger, hence the popularization of the nickname. They are even called as pocket monkeys as well.
However, their real name is pygmy marmoset and scientifically identified as Cebuella pygmaea. They are the smallest monkeys in the whole world and one of the smallest existing primates of today. Because of how small they are, any person would actually express a feeling of giddiness at the sight of these tiny creatures
Being known as the smallest monkeys, finger monkeys or pygmy marmosets have a head-body length of up to 6 inches when full grown. Apparently, their tails are longer than their bodies, measuring up to 9 inches. Since they are small, their weight is directly proportional as they only weigh at a maximum of 140 grams. Most of them live in the rain forests of the South America Amazon and in countries like Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Aside from their tiny yet mighty sizes, they come in beautiful and vibrant colors that add to the appeal of real finger monkeys. Most of the time, they come in different color combinations of black, brown, gold, gray, orange and yellow. And just like other monkeys, pygmy marmosets are active and agile, jumping and leaping from one tree to another.
Are finger monkeys real? Yes, they are since they have their own diet. They are classified as a gummivore, which is an omnivore that relies on gum and saps of trees as well as small insects like bugs and butterflies.
More than just their physical attributes and diet, finger monkeys are more than what meet the eye. They form small groups with a maximum of 9 members for each group.
Moreover, real finger monkeys are known for their unique set of communication skills, which they use during feeding, searching and traveling. Trills and J-calls are contact calls that are done when they are less than 10 meters away from each other and when they are feeding the young ones. Long calls, on the other hand, are created when they are at distances of more than 10 meters as well as their responses in cases when they talk with their neighbors.
As of today, a number of animal and pet lovers start to take care of these tiny monkeys that cost up to $5,000. However, if you decide to make this primate as your pet, then make sure you have enough resources to provide for its maintenance or else you would be killing an innocent creature because you did not give what it needs and wasting your money. Although the population of real finger monkeys is not in danger, they can become at risk when they are pulled away from their natural habitats to be sold as pets.