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Ring-tailed coati

Ring-tailed coati

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Scientific Name:

Nasua nasua


South America, from Colombia and Venezuela to Uruguay, Northern parts of Argentina and into Ecuador.


Οmnivorous, usually eats invertebrates, fruit, small vertebrates (rarely)


Habitat: Forested areas, deciduous, evergreen, cloud forest, riverine gallery forest, xeric, chaco, cherado and dry scrub forest habitats.


Incubation: Gestation period: 74-77 days, In captivity 1-7 young, usually 3-4

Social structure: Males are solitary, females and immature males travel in groups up of 30 individuals.

Weight:3-6 kg.

Dimensions:41-67 cm body length(adults), 32-69cm tail length

Lifespan: 7-8 years in the wild, 14 years under the care of man.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown-Decreasing

Threats: Predators: pumas, jaguars,ocelots, jaguarundis, Pet trade, Intensive deforestation, dam-building, Humans hunt them for food.

Did you know that:

  1. Coati comes from native American Indian words meaning “belt” and “nose”, referring to the way coatis tuck their nose into their belly while sleeping.
  2. South American coatis were introduced to the island of Robinson Crusoe when two pregnant females escaped. The population has since grown and the species is causing damage to native flora on Robinson Crusoe, as well as possibly being the cause of the decline in the Juan Fernández firecrown (Sephanoides fernandensis) on the island.
  3. Coatis are closely related to the racoon but they are bigger. 

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