Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and northern Argentina
Insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and fruit
Head and body length: 16 to 26 inches; tail 13 to 27 inches long
2 to 7 cubs born in a nest in a tree
A coati can rotate its feet backwards to walk down a tree trunk headfirst.
Raccoon Kin

A coati (ko-AH-tee) looks like a raccoon for a good reason—they are related. The coati has a slimmer body as well as a longer snout and tail. It uses its flexible snout to shuffle through leaf litter on the forest floorThe ground layer of a rain forest. to find food. Coatis also find food up in the trees. That long tail helps a climbing coati keep its balance.


South American coatis live in a band of 4 to 25 animals. Most of the time, the band contains females and their young. Adult male coatis live alone, and only visit the bands to breed.