Amazon Rainforest

Meet the Adorable South American Coati

The South American coati, also known as Ring-tailed coati, is one of the cutest animals in the world. They can be found in a number of locations, primarily in dense forests and wet jungles including: Amazon Rainforest. Learn more about this adorable creature in this article.

Their Name Origin

This animals have many names such as, Nasua Nasua, South American Coati, Ring-tailed Coati,  Brown-nosed Coati, and Southern Coati. The name Nasua is Latin for “nose”. The name coati is Tupian Indian in origin, “Coati” means “belt”, and “Tim” means “nose”, which refers to the way they tuck their noses under their bellies to sleep. The name Ring-tailed coati refers to the black rings that cover the tail.

They Are Really Good Climbers

These cute animals  spend part of their life on the ground and other part on the trees,where they can find  food. They have highly elastic ankles, which enable them to hid high in the trees, where they look for protection against predators. So, they’re pretty good climbers!

Their Versatile Diet

South American coatis eat both plants and animals. Their diet consists of reptiles, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit, larval beetles, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, ants, termites, rodents. Their excellent sense of smell, help them find the food easily. They are also vital in helping control populations of insects because of their foraging behavior.

Their Behavior

Males are usually solitary. On the other hand, females live in the groups composed of 15 to 30 animals. Males gather with females only during mating season. Coatis can be considered very playful, most of the time. As hatch they are tender and friendly. However, when they reach adulthood can be aggressive, because of the captivity and hormonal causes. Mating season is tightly associated with the availability of fruit and it takes place at the beginning of the rainy season. Pregnancy lasts 3 months and ends with 2 to 7 babies. Female leaves the group to build a nest up the trees, to take care of the hatches. When their able to climb, young ring-tailed coatis join the band together along with their mother. Nevertheless, mothers continue to nurse the young until they are around 4 months of age.

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