White-nosed Coati - Nasua narica
It has small ears; long, sharp claws; and a long, pointed snout that tilts up a little at the tip. It has a black mask and white around its eyes, nose, and on the inside of its ears. Its fur is brown with a mix of red and yellow on top and a lighter brown on its undersides. Its lower legs and the tops of its feet are blackish-brown. Males and females look alike, but males are much larger.
The white-nosed coati is found in the southeast corner of Arizona, in the south west corner of New Mexico, and in southwest Texas. It is also found in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The white-nosed coati lives in mountain forests and in woody canyons.
The white-nosed coati is omnivorous. It uses its long snout and sharp claws to forage for food. It often sniffs along the ground, pushing leaf litter out of its way as it roots for prey like beetles, grubs, ants, termites, spiders, and scorpions. When it smells something underground, it uses its sharp claws to dig out the prey. The white-nosed coati's diet also includes lizards, snakes, carrion, rodents, nuts, and fruits. One of its favorite fruits is prickly pear. It will return to the same prickly pear tree again and again until the tree is stripped bare.
The white-nosed coati mates between January and March. Males join female family bands. The male warns off competing males by baring his teeth, rearing up on his hind legs, and turning up the end of his snout.
Although the white-nosed coati spends a lot of time on the ground looking for food, it is also a very good tree climber and swimmer! Its long tail helps it keep its balance. It usually spends the night sleeping in a tree.