What’s a Coatimundi, again?

The short answer to that question is: A Coatimundi is a long-nosed raccoon. But, if that’s not enough for you, here’s a bit more on the subject;)

Coatimundis are an interesting exotic pet, and a really intelligent animal. Here’s a photo…

Photo by Kappa65 via Pixabay

As you can guess from this photo, Coatis are flexible, a little cat-like, and very entertaining. Zoo keepers describe them as escape artists, and with their clever little hands (a lot like a raccoons’), that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Coatimundis are native to the southwestern US, Mexico, and all the way down into Central and South America. There are several different species, but they all have that long narrow snout and a long fluffy tail. Some species live almost entirely in trees, but most are comfortable either there or on the ground.

They eat fruit, insects,small mammals and reptiles, poking their long nose under rocks, and digging with their long claws. Females and young generally travel in bands of 10 to 30 individuals, while males are solitary.

Some Coatis are nocturnal, but others forage during daylight. Bands traveling in tall grass keep track of each other with clicks, grunts, barks and even whistles.

As a pet, a coatimundi will definitely keep you on your toes! They’re extremely curious and very high energy, so they need a lot of early socialization and daily attention. They’re not a pet for the faint-hearted or timid person, as they can and may bite if irritated!

If properly socialized and kept active and engaged, though, a coati can be a treasured part of your family for many years. Coatis have been known to live to 16 years old in captivity, so they really take some planning and commitment.

Many people who have kept coatis in their families describe them as “like having a perpetual three-year-old”, so if you’re not ready to coati-proof your home, it’d be best just to visit some at the zoo!

If you do decide that a Coati is that perfect companion animal for you, do find a reputable breeder who will give you all the information you need to keep YOUR Coatimundi healthy, happy and lively for many years to come!

As always, feel free to drop me a line at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com with any questions, corrections or concerns. I LOVE to hear from my readers!

If you’re interested in learning more about Coatis, purchase “My Coatimundi Journal”, available on Amazon at   https://amzn.to/2E71VOF

for more facts, trivia, and quotes to get you thinking about how amazing this planet and all its life really is!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

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