Coatimundis
BEHAVIOR

Unlike most members of the raccoon family, coatimundis (scientific name: Nasua nasua) are diurnal, or most active during the day. Female coatimundis often form loosely organized groups with up to 25 individual members. Male coatimundis are typically solitary, living most of their lives alone. Coatimundis are fairly docile, or passive. However, when provoked or for defense, they can be very fierce, using their sharp teeth and claws to attack potential predators.

COLOR PATTERN
  • Light brown or black coat
  • Long ringed tail
  • Long nose that is very flexible, able to be moved 60 degrees in any direction

WHERE WE LIVE

Coatimundis are widespread and live in habitats ranging from hot and arid (dry) areas to humid rainforests and even the cold mountains of the Andes.

WEIGHT
Coatimundi
4-18 pounds
 
Bowling Ball
8 pounds
LENGTH
Coatimundi 26-56 inches long
 
A Man’s Stride           36 inches long
Bonus

 

Coatimundi A coatimundi can run up to 15 mph
 
Cheetahs       75 mph
WHAT WE EAT

Omnivore that primarily eats fruit

  • Berries
  • Frogs
  • Small Rodents
  • Insects

Their long flexible noses allow them to poke under rocks and crevices looking for insects and small animals.

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Coatimundis are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
  • Pet Trade
    Coatimundis have become popular in the pet trade.
Did you know…

There are
4
Subspecies of coatimundis!
Did you know…

Coatimundis can rotate their ankles
180
Degrees!
Did you know…

There can be up to
7
baby coatimundis in a litter!