The white nose coati is a medium-sized mammal that belongs to the raccoon family. There are 4 known species of coati native to North, Central, and South America. Depending on the species, coati can typically be found in tropical rainforests, dense forests, mountains, grasslands, and even deserts.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Nasua narica
Weight: 8.8 – 13.2 pounds
Length: 3 feet 6 inches, including tail
Lifespan: Up to 7 years (in the wild) | Up to 16 years (in captivity)
Now on to the Facts!
1.) Coatis are diurnal (they are active during the day), arboreal (climb trees), and terrestrial (spend time on the ground).
2.) The name ‘coati’ comes from native American Indian words meaning ‘belt’ and ‘nose’, referring to the way the coati will tuck their nose into their belly while they sleep.
3.) The males are solitary while the females live in groups of up to 30 individuals!
4.) Coatis are good seed dispersers. When they eat fruits and seeded plants, they dispense their waste which consists of seed pods, which later grow into plants.
5.) Coatis are so good at climbing trees that they will even mate and build nests in the trees.
But wait, there’s more on the coati!
6.) The coati are omnivorous (they eat both plant and animal matter). Their diet consists of insects, scorpions, spiders, centipedes, crabs, and millipedes.
7.) October and February is mating season, with births occurring in March & April.
Did you know…?
Many of the coatis have been observed having short fights over food.
8.) During foraging, the young cubs are left with a pair of babysitters, similar to the way meerkats do.
9.) The coati has bear-like paws with non-retractable claws!
10.) Coati has a sensitive, pig-like snout that can be rotated up to 60 degrees in all directions. They use this snout to look for food in the leaves and debris.