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June 24, 2022

Coatis are members of the raccoon family and are found throughout Central America and parts of South America. They have a reputation as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, thanks to their highly adaptive behaviors, and they have been selectively bred in captivity for intelligence.

Characteristics of the Coati

  • Female Coatis weigh around 11 pounds, with males weighing about 12 pounds.

  • They look like a mixture between a ferret and an opossum.

  • Coatis have dark fur on their backs that gets lighter as it goes down their tail to white at the tip.

  • Coatis have a scent gland that is located at the base of their tail, and they can spray this to mark their territory.

  • Coatis also have long, prehensile tails that they use as both a threat display and a tool to help them climb trees.

  • They are nocturnal animals, preferring to sleep in trees during the day and are very vocal at night.

  • Coatis communicate by vocalizations such as barks, chirps, squeaks, and grunts.


  1. Pam DeFeyter

    This is awesome!

  2. Gary Blackburn

    The coati sound like an interesting animal. Too bad you didn’t provide more information. You said some have been bred to enhance their already high level of intelligence. To what purpose; how used? What is their preferred diet? For climbing trees, do they have hand like monkeys or claws? Lifespan? You could have done so much more with this.

  3. Sandra A LaCroix

    Wow! I never heard of them before. Thank you for this interesting article. ( :


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