Ring-tailed coati Facts

Ring-tailed coati Facts
Ring-tailed coati is a mammal that belongs to the order Carnivores. It is also known as South-American coati, because it can be found only in South America. Ring-tailed coati lives in tropical and subtropical areas of Andes, Colombia, Guianas, Uruguay and Argentina. Ring-tailed coati inhabits dense forests and wet jungles. This animal is listed as least concern, which means that is not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Ring-tailed coati Facts:
Ring-tailed coati is a medium sized animal. It can weigh between 4.4 and 16 pounds, with length of up to 44 inches. Tail measures the half of the total body length.
Ring-tailed coati is named because of the black rings that cover the tail. Rest of the body is covered with thick, tan-colored fur.
Ring-tailed coati is diurnal (active during the day) animal.
Ring-tailed coatis spend part of their life on the ground and other part on the trees. They are looking for food both in the trees and on the ground. Hidden high in the trees, they are seeking protection against predators.
Ring-tailed coati has highly elastic ankles, which facilitate movement toward the top of the trees and back on the ground. They can run from the tree to the ground with their head going before legs. Flexible ankles are specific adaptation to the life on the trees.
Ring-tailed coati is an omnivore (eats both plants and animals). Its diet consists of small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit.
Ring tailed coatis have excellent sense of smell, which help them find the food easily.
Females live in the groups composed of 15 to 30 animals. Group of ring-tailed coati is better known as "band". Males are solitary creatures. They gather with females only during mating season.
Members of the group communicate using the sound. Type of the sound depends on the "message" they want to send. Regular communication consists of whining sounds. In the case of danger, animals produce loud woofs and clicks.
Ring tailed coatis spend the night in trees to protect themselves against the predators.
Main predators of ring-tailed coati are jaguars, jaguarundis, pumas, foxes, dogs, birds of prey, snakes, crocodiles and humans.
Mating season is tightly associated with the availability of fruit, which is used as a main source of energy. It takes place at the beginning of the rainy season.
Unlike in other animals, female is the one that will mate with more than one male.
Pregnancy lasts 3 months and ends with 2 to 7 babies. Female leaves the group to build a nest in the tree, where she will take care of the babies. At the age of 6 weeks, young ring-tailed coatis join the band together with their mother.
Ring-tailed coati can survive up to 7 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity.

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