Range: North-eastern Brazil
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Scientific Name: Callithrix jacchus
Habitat: Scrub forest
Diet: Tree sap, insects, fruits and nectar
Life span: 10 - 12 years
Young: Usually twins
Size: 300 - 360 g (10 -12oz)
The common marmoset lives in the forests of north-eastern Brazil. Marmosets and tamarins are distinguished from other monkeys of the New World by their small size, modified claws rather than nails and by the occurrence of twin births. These monkeys have sharp teeth for chewing through tree bark. They generally feed on tree sap but have also been found to eat insects, fruit and nectar.
Because they are so rare and small, they are difficult to study in the wild.
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