range: Nearctic - Neotropical: Found
from SW USA, through Mexico, Central America to E Panama and
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.