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Peanut the coatimundi sniffs around an ice-filled plastic pool for tasty treats like grapes and chunks of pineapple

Nasua narica

  • Habitat: Dry high-altitude forests to tropical lowlands and the desert
  • Status: Least concern
  • Population Trend: Decreasing
  • Diet: Omnivore; highly varied consisting of small vertebrate prey (lizards, rodents, birds, bird eggs), also ground-litter invertebrates like flatworms, roundworms, and grubs
  • Weight: 4 - 16 lbs.
  • Height: 12" at the shoulder; 13" - 27" long, with a tail almost as long as their body
  • Lifespan: 7 years in the wild; up to 16 years in human care
  • Wild population in Arizona: Unspecified
  • In the Southwest Wildlife Sanctuary: 3
  • Interesting Facts:
    •  The coatimundis' ankles are double jointed and extremely flexible, enabling them to descend trees head first.
    •  The term “Coati” means lone coatimundi.
    •  Coatimundis’ tail is considered nonprehensile. Their tails cannot help them climb trees or hang from branches but is rather for balance as they walk among the trees