White-nosed Coati

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyProcyonidae
GenusNassua
Binomial nameNassua narica

Range Map

White-nosed Coati
Range of species in blue

Description

The white-nosed coati can be found from lowlands to high-altitude forests in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

The white-nosed coati has a length up to 65cm, with a tail doubling its length. They have a weight of up to 5 kg. They are part of the Procyonidae family, along with raccoons.

They have a long, pointed snout, with a white band near the end of the nose. This white band distinguishes it fro the ring-tailed coati and mountain coati. They have a pelage of gray-brown with a white spot below and above each eye. They have grizzled silver forearms, which are shorter than their hind legs. Their tail is covered with black rings.

White-nosed coatis are diurnal, with foraging completed on the ground during the daytime, and in the trees during the night. Coatis live in bands up to 20 individuals, but with males only up to the age of two. Males over the age of two live solitary lives.

White-nosed coatis are classed as omnivores. They eat insects such as beetles, ants, centipedes, grubs, but will also eat scorpions, spiders, mice, frogs, and lizards.