White-nosed coati

Helps balsa trees to pollinate while they provide an essential resource of nutrition and hydration in return when the resources are scarce

Ken-ichi Ueda

The white-nosed coati is black to reddish-brown with lighter shade underparts. Their face has gray and black markings with a white spot below and above each eye, around the muzzle, and on each cheek. The tails are also banded with black rings. Their long snout has many muscles to provide outstanding flexibility to poke into cervices and seek their prey.

Unlike most other raccoon family members, they are primarily active during the day and spend their night sleeping on treetop branches and leaves. They commonly hunt grubs, ants, beetles, spiders, and scorpions. Their favorite fruit is prickly pear which they will return to the same tree for more until the tree has been stripped bare.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Belize
2015
Colombia
2015
Costa Rica
2015
El Salvador
2015
Guatemala
2015
Honduras
2015
Mexico
2015
Nicaragua
2015
Panama
2015
United States
2015

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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