White-Nosed Coatimundi

Nasua narica

Body Length:20"–30"
Weight:6.5–14 lbs
Geographic Distribution:From Arizona to Peru
Habitat:Deserts, dunes, grasslands, savannahs, forests, scrublands, and rainforests
Wild Diet:Fruit, invertebrates, small reptiles, and small mammals
Status in the Wild:Least Concern
Location:Desert's Edge

White-Nosed Coatimundi, or "coati," are rufous to black with a whiteish underside. Their bodies are a little over 2 feet long with their black banded tail being almost as long as their body. As their name suggests, they have a white, movable snout that aids in searching small areas.

The white-nosed coatimundi holds its tail high when walking. The long, thin, ringed tail gives the coatimundi counterbalance as they walk in treetops or along a cliff's edge, looking for fruit or stalking prey.