The western mountain coati is only half the size of the brown and white-nosed coati, so they are known as mountain dwarf coati. They have coarse and thick fur that is olive-brown to rust-colored. Their tails have a yellowish-gray undercoat with black rings, and the tail is upright when walking.
They are most active during the night to avoid predators and competitors during the day. With their powerful noses, they can sniff out grubs, termites, beetles, land crabs, and other insects in the ground. Therefore, their predating behavior also helps aerate the soil. Occasionally, they also prey on lizards, mice, and frogs.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No