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.
- Light brown or black coat
- Long ringed tail
- Long nose that is very flexible, able to be moved 60 degrees in any direction
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.
Omnivore that primarily eats fruit
- Small Rodents
Their long flexible noses allow them to poke under rocks and crevices looking for insects and small animals.
- Habitat Loss
Coatimundis are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
- Pet Trade
Coatimundis have become popular in the pet trade.