Coati

Name

Coati

Scientific Name

Nasua nasua.

Characteristics

Coatis have strong claws and legs for climbing and can reverse their ankles for climbing down trees head-first. They use their long tails to help them balance.

Coatis prefer to sleep in an elevated place like the rainforest canopy. Males tend to stay in the home area, but females and their young disperse in large groups.

During the mating season, the males are accepted into a ‘band’ of females but leave once the females are pregnant. The females commonly give birth to litters of 3-7 kits.

In the wild, coatis live for 7-8 years but in captivity they often live beyond 15 years.

Diet

Coatis are omnivores. They mainly eat fruit, seeds and insects but they also eat carrion (dead things), small mammals and birds.

Size Fact

Adult coatis measure 33cm-69cm from head to base of tail.

Food Fact

Coatis love fruit and eat lots of it when it is in season.

Fun Fact

Coatis have a pig-like snout to help them forage for food!

IUCN Red list

Least concern.

Where do I live?

Coatis live in a range of different habitats. Their geographical range extends from the South West USA to the northern parts of Argentina.

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