Information On Coati


Coati Information
planet coati

Coati; Length of Head and Body: 13-27 inches; tail, 13-27 inches.

Weight: 7-15 pounds.

Habitat and Range: grasslands, dense forests, and brushy areas of the southwestern United States through Argentina.


A member of the raccoon family, the coati is a very sociable animal. About 4 to 24 female coatis travel with their young in a group called a band. During the day the band searches for food. At night they sleep in the trees.

Male coatis live alone, except during the mating season.

The gestation period is two and a half months producing two to six young. Females leave the band to have their young. They build nests in trees to have their young. They return to the group in five or six weeks with the young.

Young coatis join in the search for food after leaving the nest. The young will be full grown when they are two years old.

The coati is called a hog-nosed coon because of its long snout. Its nose is very sensitive, which is great for sniffing out food. If the coati smells food underground they will dig it out using their strong claws.

The only other member of this species, the Brown-nosed Coati (Nasua narica) occurs only in South America.


Each male coati has its territory. Most coatis are found in dense damp forests from South America to Mexico. Since the 1900s the coati has made its way into the United States. The are found in the southwest, even where there are few trees. Instead of sleeping in trees as most coatis, the ones living in the southwest have adapted to the lack of trees and find shelter in caves and rock piles.

Coatis eat fruits, nuts, small rodents and reptiles, snails, and insects.

Their lifespan in captivity is fourteen years.



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