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 White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)




White-nosed Coati | Nasua narica photo
White-nosed Coati photographed at Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Photograph by Dan Nevill. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

White-nosed Coati | Nasua narica photo
White-nosed Coati, Costa Rica.

Photograph by Davida De La Harpe. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

White-nosed Coati | Nasua narica photo
Group of White-nosed Coatis, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Photograph by Jon and Michele. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

WHITE-NOSED COATI FACTS

Description
The White-nosed Coati is gray-brown grizzled with silver down the sides. The face has a white band near the end of the long pointed nose. It has a white spot on the cheeks and above and below the eyes. The front legs are shorter than the hind legs. It has a long tail with black rings. It holds its tail upright when walking. They spend most of the day on the ground foraging and rest at night in the treetops. Mature males are solitary, while females and young males live in groups of up to 20.

Size
total length 80-130 cm (including tail)

Environment
grasslands, forest, rainforest

Food
Ringtails eat mainly insects and other invertebrates. They also eat some small mammals, reptiles and fruit.

Breeding
One to four young are born after gestation of 51 - 54 days. The young are weaned at about 10 weeks. The female is the main carer and takes the young with her for food when they are about 2 months old.

Range
southeastern Arizona through Mexico and Central America and into western Colombia and Ecuador

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procyonidae
Genus:Nasua
Species:narica
Common Name:White-nosed Coati