The Nosey Kids on Our Ranch
Coatimundi (Nasua nasua and nasua
narica) are 16 to 28 inches long with a tail about the same length.
The coats are black to reddish brown. In this species, the coat is longer
than in the other species, but is coarse. The under jaw, chin, throat, neck
and chest are off-white. There are dark and light markings on the face.
The feet are dark and the tail is ringed. The tail is usually carried upright
when walking and is somewhat prehensile on the very tip, used for balancing
in the trees. The nose is elongated and extremely flexible.
Their natural habitat is forested and grassy. They are highly intelligent
and inquisitive. Their natural diet is varied including both meat and vegetable
matter. They are sexually mature at 2 years of age. Gestation is 70 to 77
days with litters of 2 -7. The babies are nursed until 4 months of age,
although they forage with the mother as early as five weeks.
Coati's can be taught to walk in a harness.
Having a coatimundi as a pet/companion is like having a two-year old child
in many ways. They are extremely intelligent and inquisitive and very skillful
with their hands. There are few handles, clips and knobs they cannot master.
Because of their propensity to jump from place to place including you, declawing
will take some of the sting out of their landing on your thighs or shoulders.
This should be done at an early age. Diets include dog food, fruits and
meat occasionally. We furnish a complete diet and care instructions with
all of our animals.
R-Zu-2-U Animal "Terms"
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