(Nasua narica)
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Geographic range: Nearctic - Neotropical: Found from SW USA, through Mexico, Central America to E Panama and N Colombia.

Physical characteristics: Long, roughly catlike body, but very long face with mobile snout. Tail long and usually help upright, with or without distinct bands. Overall body color is brown to reddish, legs and feet darker, sometimes almost black. Feet posses strong long claws.

Food habits: Omnivorous. Feeds on variety of fruit and invertebrates.

Reproduction: In Panama, it is known to breed once a year. Mating occurring in January - February with young being born in April - May in nests placed in trees. Typical litter has 2 - 5 young.

Behavior: Mainly diurnal. Active during the day, sleeps usually through the night. Both terrestrial and arboreal. Adult males are solitary and join the female - juvenile groups only during the mating season. Coatis communicate through a variety of barks, calls and whines. Female - juvenile groups can count as many as 65 individuals.

Habitat: From sea level to 3000 m. Mainly in deciduous and evergreen forests, but also in second growth and arid scrub.

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