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South American Coati

By Marla Lise




South American Coati

Scientific Name: Nasua nasua

Coatis are found in most parts of Latin America. They can be found in a wide range of forest habitats, even in high altitudes of up to 2500m above sea level.

Coatis are as big as a large house cat, growing up to 70cm from their head to the tip of their tails. They are related to raccoons.

Although coatis have long tails, they can’t use them like monkeys do – hanging from trees and holding objects. Coatis use their tails for balance and to communicate with each other. They are also able to walk straight down trees – head first – because their ankles can turn 180 degrees.

The coati’s snout can rotate up to 60 in any direction and is used to rub their body or move objects around.

Coatis are omnivorous animals, eating both plant and animal matter and are usually active during the day, however can be found roaming around the forest in the day and in the night. They sleep in nests that they make up in the tree canopy.

Coatis are not listed as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List so they are safe for now, but in some places, where their forest homes are being destroyed, they may be at risk.

Group of White-nosed Coati
Group of White-nosed Coati

(Costa Rica)

Coatimundi (Nasua nasua) [local name - Quash or Pizote]
Coatimundi (Nasua nasua) [local name - Quash or Pizote]

(Belize)

Coati
Coati

(Costa Rica)

White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)

(Costa Rica)

Snookum bear (Nasua narica)
Snookum bear (Nasua narica)

(Costa Rica)

Group of White-nosed Coati
Group of White-nosed Coati

(Costa Rica)


Coati; Costa Rica


Coatimundi; Costa Rica

Group of White-nosed Coati
Group of White-nosed Coati

(Costa Rica)

Coati in a tree
Coati in a tree

(Belize)

Coatis sleeping in a tree
Coatis sleeping in a tree

(Belize)

White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)

(Costa Rica)



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