Is raising a pet coatimundi something you want to do? Then, you first need to learn as much as you can about these kinds of exotic animals before you jump into the conclusion of getting one as a pet at home. The first thing you need to know about coatis would be their adaptations. They are members of the raccoon family and they share the inquisitive nature and ring tail characteristics of raccoons. However, the main difference between the two would be the fact that raccoons are nocturnal while coatis are not. Coatis are also referred to as Brazilian Aardvarks, snookum bears, and hog-nosed coons. These animals are native to the lands of Central America and South America. They have an average lifespan of 14 years and they weigh from 7 to 15 pounds. They are known to be expert tree climbers.
Hog-nosed coons have different adaptations to life within rainforests. They typically hold their tails upward because doing this helps them to keep their group close together when they’re navigating through tall grasses and vegetation. The coati can move its tail quite well like a cat but it’s tail is not prehensile so it doesn’t come useful when climbing trees. However, it no longer needs the help of its tail when climbing trees because it already has long and sharp claws as well as flexible ankles which are perfect for this type of task. The claws and legs of the coati are also strong enough to hold onto tree limbs using its back feet. The ones at the front are used for eating and the tail is used for counterbalancing.
These exotic animals love feeding on plants and meat. They have a sharp sense of smell, which really helps a lot when they are hunting for food. Their diet includes lizards, insects, rodents, fruits, eggs, nuts, and other small creatures. They utilize their long and flexible nose to root out creatures from underneath logs and rocks. Their sharp claws on the other hand are used for tearing rotting logs apart. They also use their claws for climbing trees when they’re searching for fruits and eggs that haven’t fallen down to the ground. As for their social behavior, hog-nosed coons stay in groups that are composed mostly of females and younglings. This is because the males are loners. Groups are often composed of 30 members. Since males live a solitary lifestyle, they usually get behavioral problems and aggression from female coatis. One of the most intriguing practices of these exotic animals would be their quirky habit of dipping their noses in things that have a perfumed or flowery aroma and then rubbing it onto their tails.
These animals are very curious and smart. They will try to investigate all the things that catch their attention and intrigue them. They also love trying things out of curiosity. They have hands that are nimble, which they use to find a way out of enclosures. Having a pet coati at home is comparable to having an energetic 2-year old so you have to prepare yourself for the challenge.
It is very important that you do all of the necessary preparations that need to be done when one is going to have an exotic animal at home. Preparations need to be done so as to make sure that the pet that you’re going to take home is going to grow and develop healthily. Aside from the basic bits of information that I have mentioned in here, you should also read about steps on taking care of coatis. In addition, learn about all of the factors that need to be taken into consideration when having a pet coati at home such as caging, food, safety, activities, and many others.