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North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Coyote, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Photograph by Josh More. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Coyote, Santa Teresa park
Photograph by Matt Knoth. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Photograph by G Dan Hutcheson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
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.
Length 75cm - 100cm
forests, grasslands, deserts, and swamps
Small mammals, such as rabbits and ground squirrels. Sometimes eat birds, snakes, large insects . Also carrion, leaves, fruit, vegetables.
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.
North and Central America from Panama in the south through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Relatives in same Genus
Gray Wolf (C. lupus)
Red Wolf (C. rufus)