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Coati Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Procyonidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Nasua
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Nasua Nasua
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
33-60cm (13-24in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
3-8kg (6-18lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
24km/h (15mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
8-15 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Band
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Brown, White, Grey, Red, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Fruit
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Forests, grasslands, desert
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
4
Main Prey:Fruit, Nuts, Small mammals and reptiles
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Wildcats, Birds of Prey, Crocodiles
Special Features:Elongated snout and long, bushy tail

Coati Location

Map of Coati Locations
Map of South America

Coati

The coati is a medium-sized mammal only found on the American continent. The coati is found widely distributed across North, Central and South in a number of different habitats.

The coati is primarily found in dense forests and wet jungles as the coati will spend a great deal of it's life in the safety of the trees. However, there are also coati populations inhabiting grasslands, mountains and even deserts across the continent.

There are four different species of coati, two of which, the Ring-tailed Coati and the Mountain Coati, are found in South America, and the remaining two coati species, the White-nosed Coati and the Cozumel Island Coati, are both found in Mexico.

The Ring-tailed Coati is found in the jungles and rainforests of South America, where it lives both on the ground and in the trees. The Ring-tailed Coati has thick, tan coloured fur and black bands running along it's tail.

The Mountain Coati is found inhabiting areas of the Andes Mountain range in western South America. The Mountain Coati is also the smallest species of coati and is sometimes called the Dwarf Coati.

The White-nosed Coati found in parts of North America and throughout Central America, including Mexico. The White-nosed Coati is the largest species of coati with some individuals growing to nearly 120 cm in length.

The Cozumel Island Coati is found only on the Mexican island of Cozumel, and is thought to have been taken there by the Mayans. Despite the obvious similarities between the Cozumel Island Coati and the White-nosed Coati, the Cozumel Island Coati is considered to be a separate species.

Female coatis live in groups of between 10 and 30 individuals, known as a band. The male coati is a solitary animal and only comes together with the females to mate.

The coati is a nocturnal and omnivorous animal, meaning that the coati eats both plants and animals during the darkness of night. The coati eats a variety of different fruits, nuts and seeds, along with insects, birds eggs, rodents and small reptiles such as lizards and snakes.

Due to the generally small size of the coati, the coati has numerous predators within its natural environment. Jaguars and pumas, along with other large wildcats, are the main predators of the coati, along with birds of prey, snakes and crocodiles.

The coati breeds at the start of the rainy season which occurs at different times of the year, depending on the region, when there is an abundance of food. The female coati leaves the band of coatis and builds a nest in the trees or on a rocky ledge, where she gives birth to between 2 and 7 coati babies after a gestation period of nearly 3 months. The baby coatis rejoin the band of coatis with their mother, when they are about 6 weeks old.

Coati Translations

Cesky
Nosál Ĩervený
Dansk
Næsebjørn
Deutsch
Südamerikanischer Nasenbär
English
Ring-tailed coati
Español
Coatí de cola anillada
Français
Coati à queue annelée
Italiano
Nasua rosso, Coati rosso
Magyar
Ormányos medve
Nederlands
Rode neusbeer
Norsk
Sør-Amerikansk nesebjørn
Polski
Ostronos rudy, Koati
Português
Quati
Suomi
Punakoati
Svenska
Röd näsbjörn

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First Published: 15th October 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Oct 2009]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Oct 2009]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 15 Oct 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Oct 2009]

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