Kinkajous (scientific name: Potos flavus) are nocturnal by nature, like their relative the raccoon. Their most active time is from around 7 pm – midnight. Kinkajous are aggressive and startle easily. They have sharp teeth and long sharp claws that they use to fight off attackers. Kinkajous spend most of their time up in trees.
- Brown coat
- Bare spots on neck and cheeks that are scent glands
- Long flexible tail that is used as an extra limb to hang from branches and climb in trees
Kinkajous primarily live in the rainforest regions of Central and South America. They spend the majority of their lives up in trees.
31-52 inches long
36 inches long
A kinkajou’s tongue can measure up to 5 inches long!
Weirdly, kinkajous are carnivores that primarily eat fruit
- Small Rodents
Based on their diet, kinkajous are omnivores, but they have carnassial teeth which is a carnivore trait.
- Habitat Loss
Kinkajous are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
- Pet Trade
Kinkajous have become popular in the pet trade despite their aggressive nature.