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 Coyote (Canis latrans)




Coyote | Canis latrans photo
Coyote, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Photograph by Josh More. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Coyote | Canis latrans photo
Coyote, Santa Teresa park

Photograph by Matt Knoth. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Coyote | Canis latrans photo
Photograph by G Dan Hutcheson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

COYOTE FACTS

Description
Coyotes vary in color from grey-brown to yellowish gray on the upper parts. The throat and underside are whitish. The forelegs, sides of head, muzzle and feet are reddish brown. There is a dark stripe along the back, and dark markings on shoulder area. The tail is long with black tip.

Size
Length 75cm - 100cm

Environment
forests, grasslands, deserts, and swamps

Food
Small mammals, such as rabbits and ground squirrels. Sometimes eat birds, snakes, large insects . Also carrion, leaves, fruit, vegetables.

Breeding
Litter size is usually about 6, but can vary from 1 to 19. Young are born in a den after a gestation period of about 60 days. The young start to leave the den after 3-4 weeks and are fully weaned after 5 weeks.

Range
North and Central America from Panama in the south through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Canis
Species:latrans
Common Name:Coyote


Relatives in same Genus
  Gray Wolf (C. lupus)
  Red Wolf (C. rufus)