Today’s blog report is based on the Coati, this comes in the light that the fact this animal native to North America was found wandering the street magically in Middleborough. Although I must say that they look adorable but I would still be careful. Razzel is his name and hopefully, we should hope he finds his home. He is very far from home and even the
temperatures don’t match up considering they come from tropical environments.
Anyway the South American Coati, also can be known as the ring – tailed coati is a mammal that will have a body the same length as it’s tail (76cm). The name coati is an American Indian word meaning “belt” and “nose”. This is a reference to how they sleep with their nose tucked into its belly. They are a reddish- brownish colour with black bands that occupy the tail. Lastly, the long elongated nose gives away that they are foragers. Another asset that these mammals carry is very elastic ankles, this helps them to move up and down trees safely. They can in fact run from the tree facing downward towards the ground without hurting themselves.
The tails of the Ring – Tailed Coati is not used like a monkey uses his tail. The Coati will use the tail to communicate but also allow them better balance on the trees and ground. They will always sleep up high in a tree this makes sure that they aren’t left vulnerable to jaguars, jaguarundis, pumas, foxes, dogs, birds of prey, snakes, crocodiles and humans. The Coati as you might already know looks very much like a Racon which is it’s the closest relative. The South American Coati is also of least concern in the list of animals. They are very well adapted to live in rainforests which have already been destroyed.
The South American Coati is a diurnal (Active in the day), they are native to Brazil. They can be found in a wide range of forest habitats, even in high altitudes of up to 2500m above sea level. The habitat can be tropical lowlands, dry high-altitude forests, oak forests, mesquite grassland, and forest edges. They are omnivore animals meaning that they eat anything they can catch. But the diet consists of a wide range from earthworms, termites, snails, lizards, snakes and mice. Also, fruits, roots, nuts and eggs. The long snout which they have is perfect to forage amongst all the leaf litter, loose soil and forest floor. It has also been reported very interestingly that when hunting for tarantulas, in particular, the Coati will roll it around to get rid of all the hairs before eating the spider.
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In the wild they can live for 7 years however in captivity they seem to do much better and double that age to 14 years old.