Coatis, also called Brazilian aardvarks, hog-nosed
coons, pizotes, crackoons and snookum bears, are mammals
related to raccoons. Like many members of the raccoon
family, coatis are double-jointed, and have ankles that
can be rotated beyond 180 degrees. This enables them
to climb down trees head first. However, unlike most
members of the raccoon family, coatis are diurnal, which
means they sleep at night, and are awake during the
Coatis measure from 1 to 2 feet in length, along with
a tail that can be the same length as their body. They
stand 1 foot at the shoulder, and weigh between 4.4
and 18 pounds, making them the size of a house cat.
The male coati can become nearly twice the size of the
In the wild, coatis only live for seven to eight years.
However, in captivity they can live for up to 15 years.
Coatis are considered to be omnivores, their diet consisting
primarily of invertebrates and fruit. Coati’s have an
excellent sense of smell, and they use their paws to
unearth invertebrates. Coatis also consume small vertebrate
prey, like lizards, rodents, birds, birds’ eggs and
even crocodile eggs.
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