5 Interesting Facts About South American Coatis

South American Coati

Here is a cute baby South American Coati. (Photo by Adrian Ratter)

Today I want to write about one of the cutest animals in the world, the South American coati.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These cute little mammals grow to about 67 cm long with a tail that is about the same length.
  2. Coatis are closely related to raccoons, except that they have a much longer nose which they use to sniff out food in small holes and crevices.
  3. They are omnivores and look for food in trees and on the ground.  They eat fruit, insects, spiders and scorpions.  They have been seen using their clever paws to roll around tarantulas to get rid of their annoying hairs before eating them.
  4. Males often live by themselves, whilst females and young males live in groups of up to 30 animals.
  5. As their name suggests, South American Coatis live in forests throughout South America.  Like the Chinese Water Deer, they have also been introduced to England.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about South American coatis?

2 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About South American Coatis

  1. I actually have one as a pet! They are high energy and very loving! Their nose bends in any direction and their sense of smell is so powerful i jokingly refer to it as bionic! They also have the cutest feet! Soft and like little human feet. Their back paws also have wrists so they are expert climbers. They are very fast and extremely intelligent as well as fearless! They have razor sharp canine teeth and the other teeth are serrated.

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