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Common Squirrel Monkeys
(Saimiri Sciureus)



Primate Care Sheets - 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 in captivity.


The feeding of Primates:  A Guild to correct feeding by Patrick Smith
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.

Squirrel  Monkeys main and prefer diet is fruit and insects, they forage or hunt for them Occasionally these monkeys will also eat bird eggs
They are best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of  vegetables and fruits. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit.

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.


Although it may be possible to maintain primates satisfactorily on a suboptimal diet, the likelihood of reproductive success is greatly reduced as a result.
The gum-feeding primates, notably the cebuella , are perhaps the most specialist members of the group in terms of their nutritional requirements. Early writers describe how such monkeys were traditionally fed a mixture of cake soaked in milk ect … Today however, there is a variety of animal foods substitutes on the market, and such problems have been eliminated, with cebuela proving amongst the most prolific primates in captivity.


Correct food, in proper and suitable amounts, together with regular feeding, is an all-important factor in keeping primates in good condition. It is impossible to overstress the importance of food.. Incorrect food is a common cause of problems and disease.. I have never heard of a primate starving to death but have known many that died of overfeeding in the sense they don’t receive proper food (sugar-chocolates-fat etc. ..).
Monkeys do not actually differ in their basic nutritional requirements from ourselves. Their diet needs to be composed of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, with vitamins, minerals and trace elements being necessary.


The majority of the primates are omnivorous and require animal protein, however there are a lot of exceptions . It is not possible to recommend a standard diet, a lot of primates are specialized feeders, and there nutritional requirements have to by balanced according there natural habitudes.


MARMOSETS and TAMARINS, are increasingly kept as pets and have the advantage to by small quantity heaters, but they are food specialist in the genus or species there food habitude is different and need adaptations.


Although widely different rations are used by different breeders, there are certain fundamentals which must be recognized to procure the best results.  One of the primary requisites of satisfactory feeding is regularity. The quantity of food required can be determined only by carefully watching the primates
habitudes . Of considerable importance also is the difference in ration requirements for the various classes of primates.
In the wild state, primates must work for a living; all day long they hunt, scratch and search, thus getting plenty of exercise. At the same time, they are constantly on the lookout for enemies.  In captivity they have nothing to do, except eat – playing.


“They stand around and get little or no exercise.” Feeding primates should by done in such a way as to stimulate there natural foraging activity, also seasonal feeding is according me a must (I mean that you have to change your feeding tables according to the seasonal disposability of fruits and  vegetables).


All monkeys in captivity require a big source of vitamin; Neo-Tropical Primates need more D3 and C vitamins than the Old World Primates
Beware because the amount of protein, vitamins , minerals varies with a lot of factors:
Species – age – pregnancy – lactation – health – ect


Some important tips:
• All the ingredients has to be sugar free.
• Fruits and vegetables should be washed before feeding.  (pseudotuberculosis – toxic products – salmoneloses ect …)
• Use only fresh goods. (salmoneloses – parasites ect …)
• Don’t feed raw meat , baby mice’s , cockroaches.  (toxoplasmonia,protozoa, helminths,worms …)
I include some tables.  This tables do not HAVE to be respected as a fact , they are only the result of my experience.
MENU 1
30% yoghurt
5% tofu or cheeses
5% Soya extr.
45% cereals flakes
10% banana
5% nuts – dry fruits MENU 2
10% yoghurt
30% baby food
45% cereals flakes
10% banana
5% nuts – dry fruits MENU 3
45% cereals flakes
15% EEG (row or boiled)
15% Soya extr.
25% others

(others)
20% nuts pasta
75% dry cakes
2% honey
3% grape sugar (cereals): flakes of
40% corn
30% wheat
30% oats (nuts pasta)
15% coco
25% brazilnuts
5% peanut
15% pineseed
5% hazelnut
5%walnut
10% chestnut
5% almond
10% sunflowerseed (dry fruits)
grape
plum
dats
figs

Gumi MENU 1
95% Rasped apple
5% Gumi powder on (like sugar) Gumi MENU 2
30% Gumi powder
70% WaterCebuela
Gumi MENU 3
20% Banana
20% Gumi
60% WaterCebuela-Callitrix Gumi MENU 4
10% Banana
5% Cucumber
15% Baby Food “Canned”
25% Gumi
50% Water

Fruits : mango – pineapple – apple - pear – citrus fruits – kiwi – grape -cherry – plum – peach – apricot – melon – berry fruits -
date – figs – avocado – tomato (BANANA in gumi or menu)
Folia : endive - chicory- carrot – paprika – cucumber – cabbage – sweet corn – soybean sprouts
Insects: Grashoppers, mealworms and crickets (NO Cockroaches)
Cat Food: “dry”
Meat: poultry – fish “boiled only”
Pellets: Commercial food

Vitamins-oligo :polyvitamins and oligo…daily in menu or gumid3..daily in menu or gumic.. 2x week in menu or gumi Minerals-others-oligo:cal-d3-phos..daily in menu or gumimg cure ..4x per year during 10 days in menu or drinking waterfe..3x week in menu or gumi Others:livercut >> 1X PER WEEK in menu 3 onlyYeast.. 3x week in menuMilk powder for baby “Soya” during lactation in menu 1 and 2 only

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“cebuela” (Pygmy Marmoset)
Fruits 30%
Menu 5%
Folia 5%
Animal-Origin and Menu 10%
“Gumi” menu 35%
Pellets 15%

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“callitrix” (Marmoset)
Fruits 40 %
Menu 5%
Folia 5%
Animal-Origin and Menu 10%
“Gumi” menu 25%
Pellets 15%

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“saguinus” (Tamarin)
Fruits 50 %
Menu 10%
Folia 10%
Animal-Origin and Menu 10%
“Gumi” menu 5%
Pellets 15%

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“leontophitecus” (lion tamarins)
Fruits 40 %
Menu 10%
Folia 15%
Animal-Origin and Menu 20%
“Gumi” menu 5%
Pellets 10%

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“calimico”
Fruits 60 %
Menu 5%
Folia 5%
Animal-Origin and Menu 15%
“Gumi” menu 5%
Pellets 10%

TABLE OF CONSUMPTION
“saimiri”(Squirrel Monkey)
Fruits 45 %
Menu 5%
Folia 20%
Animal-Origin and Menu 5%
“Gumi” menu 5%
Pellets 20%



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