Cotton-Top Tamarin

Cotton-Top Tamarin

Saguinus oedipus

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Quick Facts
Length: 8" to 10"; Tail:9.75" to 17"
Weight: up to 1 pound
Wild Diet: Insects, small vertebrates, fruit, and other plant material
Zoo Diet: Hill's Zupreme canned marmoset diet, steamed sweet potatoes, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, peanuts, sunflower seeds, crickets, and mealworms
Distribution: Northwestern Columbia
Habitat: Tropical rain forests, deciduous forests, and secondary growth forests.


The upper parts of cotton-top tamarins have alternating colors. The underparts are whitish. A white crest extends over the head. They have claws on all fingers and toes except the big toe. The claws are an adaptation for climbing and clinging to branches and tree trunks. They have long thumbs and extremely short big toes.

Status in the Wild

The most significant current threat to their survival is the destruction of their habitat, which is being converted to farm fields and cattle pastures. Captive populations are thriving.

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