Squirrel Monkeys

Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus) are known to travel at great speed through the canopy.  They urine-wash their hands and feet to improve grip.  Squirrel monkeys have a wide range of calls.  Their calls range from chirps and peeps to keep in contact with nearby monkeys to raise alarm, to squawks and purrs during mating, to threatening barks and screams.  Squirrel monkeys often curl their tail over their shoulder when they are resting.  On this site you’ll find more information about keeping squirrel monkeys as pets.

Common Squirrel Monkey
Common Squirrel Monkey
(Saimiri Sciureus)
(c) Brian Due Hansen
Common Squirrel Monkey
Common Squirrel Monkey
(Saimiri Sciureus)
(c) Brian Due Hansen


Squirrel Monkey Care Sheets

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Squireel Monkey Species:

Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus)
Red-backed squirrel monkey (Saimiri oestedii)
Blackish squirrel monkey (Saimiri vanzolinii)

How to diaper a monkey

March 1, 2015 5:45 am

how to diaper a monkey

Amongst primate owners, the most commonly known method of diapering is the tail hole method but more and more primate owners are switching over to the tail wrap method. Since I’ve used both methods myself and don’t really have a particular preference, I reached out to other primate owners to find out why they prefer one method over the other. Before we go into more details, I’ve recorded a short video to demonstrate the difference between both methods. After that we’ll talk about diaper covers, different diaper brands, and what monkey parents are doing to prevent diaper rash.


Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, chimpanzee, gibbon, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, primate care, savanna monkey, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

The feeding of Primates

December 29, 2011 8:34 pm

By Ivan Crab

During recent years, the feeding of PRIMATES has undergone significant changes, as more has been discovered about their nutritional needs.   The pets market of today provide different “monkey pellets” , pelleted diets they are usually well balanced but they can not by given at the expense of a varied diet.

It is no coincidence that when breeding began in earnest during the 1950s, it was the OLD WORLD species which reproduced most successfully in collections. This is because MONKEYS such as the MACACA species were best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of little more than vegetables and fruits.

The needs of other species are more complex. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit. more...

Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, feeding, gibbon, lemur, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

Marmosets and Squirrel Monkeys don’t mix!

October 12, 2011 6:24 pm

It is known among big breeders and it’s time that you know it too.  Marmosets, Tamarins or Owl monkeys cannot be put together with squirrel monkeys.

Squirrel monkeys are the carrier of the herpes saimiri virus, which is deadly for marmosets, tamarins and owl monkeys.  Once they are infected, death can occur within 24 hours.  A squirrel monkey who carries herpes saimiri, doesn’t show any symptoms and unfortunately testing for this virus are not conclusive.

A big breeder told me once that he lost a whole colony of marmosets within a few days caused by this virus although his squirrels and marmosets were housed far from each other.

The problem is that you cannot see the virus.  It can be spread by handling the food, dishes or toys touched by a squirrel monkey.  Just walking from one cage to the other can cause the infection already. more...

Posted in marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

How to diaper a monkey

July 18, 2005 7:21 am

By Sherry Freeman

When we first go into Sammy’s room, she stands with her back to me and holds onto the door to her cage while I take her belt and diaper off.


Posted in capuchin, gibbon, lemur, macaque, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys

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