How Much Does a Finger Monkey Cost?

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A finger monkey, also known as a thumb monkey or Pygmy Marmoset, are tiny monkeys that only grow up to six inches tall.  A finger monkey is a relatively rare species that is the size of the average finger.  Coming from tropical regions, these monkeys will require special attention and care.  This is considered to be one fo the few exotic monkeys that can be kept as a pet.

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How much does a pet finger monkey cost?

The cost of a finger monkey is going to greatly vary depending upon a few factors such as its age, gender, condition, shipping, the breeder selling it, and the health of the monkey.  On average, plan on budgeting anywhere from $1,500 to as much as $5,000 per monkey.  This won’t include the food and startup fees such as its habitat.

According to, the cost of a finger monkey can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 per set, but when you factor in the housing and food, the costs can be closer to $10,000 to $12,000.

On, there were a handful of marmoset finger monkeys up for adoption, with fees in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

Finger monkey overview

A finger monkey, if healthy, can live anywhere from 15 to 25 years when in captivity.

These monkeys are known for its furry body with a tan and black fleck type fur.  Its underbelly has a white color and its eyes have an almond-like shape.  Most come in a cream or white color.  They also have a lion mane type fur.

A full-grown finger monkey will measure as long as five to 10 inches, a finger monkey can take up to two years to reach adulthood.   The weight is usually less than 200 grams.

Reputable breeders are going to include a health guarantee that can last upwards of 90 days as well as a start-up package that can include toys, food and a guide on how to handle one.  If shipped, they should include the travel crate as well.

What are the extra costs?

This primate has a unique diet when compared to most animals that you may have in your home.  The diet of a finger monkey is going to include foods such as fruits, insects, tree gum, smaller lizards and flower nectar.  In the wild, they will gnaw at the sap of the tree until the gum within oozes out.  Plan on budgeting $35 to $75 per month for food.

Since these are animals that tend to be rather sociable, it is highly advisable that you consider getting a total of two or more monkeys.  In fact, in the wild, these monkeys often live in groups of six or more.  Be sure to get a monkey of the same sex so that you can avoid reproduction.

There is a good chance that you will have to pay shipping fees to have your monkey delivered to your doorstep.  Animal shipping fees can vary anywhere from $100 to $400 via an airline or ground transportation.

Since these are rather complex animals to handle, a training class is highly recommended.  This class will teach you all the ins and outs of how to handle and properly care for your monkey.

When starting out, you need to factor in its habitat, which should include branches and activities within the cage.  The cage alone can start at $300 and go up from there, depending on the size and the materials it’s made from.  Factor in another few hundred dollars to stock the habitat with branches, swings, plastic toys and food bowls.

Veterinary care, just like any other animal, needs to be factored in, but unlike a dog or cat, it may be hard to find a vet who’s able to work with your monkey.  With that being said, it could cost more for the average visit.

Depending on the type of monkey, some can be leashed trained.  A good harness/leash can cost $10 to $20.

When it comes to the bathroom, most will have to wear a diaper, so factor in monthly diaper costs, usually about $20 to $30 per month.

Tips to know:

Many states say that owning a finger monkey can be illegal.  Be sure to check your local city and state laws to ensure that you can have a monkey in your hometown.  If it is illegal, it is wise to avoid adopting one since fines and even jail time could be faced.  Even if it’s legal, you more than likely will need a special license in order to own one.

Breeders for a finger monkey are rather rare.  If adopting one, always make sure that you do your homework.  Be sure to research the history of the breeder as well as make sure that you know the exact health of the monkey.  Many can often have diseases that can cause problems down the road.

Where can you buy finger monkeys?  These exotic animals can often be found on Craigslist, specific exotic animal retailers online or even a local exotic pet store if you were to have one in your local area.  Oftentimes, a simple search such as “finger monkeys for sale in [your city]” will yield decent results.

How can I save money?

Highly consider adopting one through a non-profit organization.  Keep in mind that since these monkeys are rather hard to find, it never hurts to put yourself on a waiting list.

Since a finger monkey has a rather complex diet, consider purchasing your food in bulk.  This will be a great way to save on food costs each and every month.

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  1. Anonymous paid $ and said:

    My family would love to care for finger monkey

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Toby (Ocala,  Florida) paid $897 and said:

    We bought our finger from Toby. We paid 3 payments of $299 w/o breeding rights. Now that we have our little boy we are going to pay extra for breeding rights in 24 – 36 months with the payment plan.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. elanor (columbus,  Ohio) paid $0 and said:

    we didn’t get one, but I want one. id name him/her josie or alex or even jojo – they are so cute!!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Anonymous paid $0 and said:

    i want one so bad

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Ted Dickerson (Dallas ,  Texas) paid $2800 and said:

    I acquired for of my little frends from exoticfirends breeding co. Thay even helped me out when my little wall climbers started getting sick.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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