white-nosed coati

White-nosed Coati

Nasua narica

CLASS Mammalia | ORDER Carnivora | FAMILY Procyonidae

RANGE Arizona, south to Argentina

HABITAT Found in a variety of habitats, including dry, open forests and tropical woodlands

DIET Fruit, invertebrates, small rodents and lizards

6.5 - 13 lbs

3 - 4 ft

77 days

2 - 7

IUCN Status
Least Concern
white-nosed coati

White-nosed coatis have strong claws and long, highly mobile snouts well adapted for foraging in crevices and holes for food. Their slightly upturned nose can rotate up to 60 degrees in any direction. Their thick, semi-prehensile tails are used for balance.

A coatimundi’s ankles rotate 180 degrees, enabling it to climb down a tree head first.

Males are solitary, while females live together in bands. Females are only tolerant of males during breeding season. Once breeding season ends, females will chase the male away from the group.

white-nosed coati

Habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting are major threats for the species.