Coatimundis ankles are double jointed and extremely flexible, enabling them to descend trees head first
Origin: Central and South America
Latin Name: Nasua nasua
Habitat: Humid Amazonian rainforests and grasslands / bushy areas
Diet: Vertebrate prey including lizards, rodents and small birds. Also fruit and birds eggs
Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Average Size: Weight: 8 kg, Height:30 cm
Coatimundis are a medium sized mammal only found on the American continent. There are four different species, the most common of which is the ring-tailed coati. They have thick, tan coloured fur and black bands running along its tail. They have a slender heard with a slightly upturned nose, small ears and a long tail. Female coatimundis live in groups of between 10 and 30 individuals, known as a band. The male is a solitary animal and only comes together with the females to mate. They can have up to seven babies at any one time after a gestation period of only three months.