Kinkajou baby at 8 weeks. Not MY fingernails!
The Kinkajou, (Potos flauvus) is about the size
of a medium-sized house cat. It is about 15 to 30 inches long with a tail 15 to
24 inches long. The tail is fully prehensile and used as support when climbing
and resting. The body is stocky with a dense, almost woolly coat from an olive
brown, yellow brown to dark brown. They have rounded ears set slightly lower on
the head. The muzzle is usually darker. Their tongue is narrow and extremely long,
used to lap nectar and soft pulp from ripe fruits. They consume mostly fruit in
the wild, plus bees, honey, nectar and small insects.
They are sexually mature at 18 to 30 months (later in females). They are seasonal
breeders in the wild usually having offspring in April and May. They usually
have one offspring, rarely two. They nurse for 3-5 months.
Their 1/3" wide. 6" long tongue can pry your
lips open to check and see if you've been eating bananas and are not sharing!
These animals make delightful pets/companions
if hand-raised from an early age. They are gentle and affectionate. Neutering
is recommended for companion animals. Declawing is not necessary if the claws
are properly maintained. These animals are generally slow-moving and very agreeable.
These animals mark-territory but have no offensive odors. They are very quiet
animals although youngsters often 'cheep' for their foster parents. Captive diets
consist of fruits, vitamins and dry dog food. We furnish a complete diet and care
instructions with all of our animals.
R-Zu-2-U Animal "Terms"
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