Coatimundi Fact Sheet

Common Name:

coatimundi, coati

Scientific Name:

Family: Procyonidae

Wild Status:

Least concern-endangered, depending on species


arid regions, Amazon rainforest, mountains, grasslands


widespread in southwestern US to Uruguay


elevated sleeping nests

Life Span:

Wild: 7 yrs // Captivity: 14 years


Length: 13-27" // Weight: 3-18 lbs

Cool Facts:

  • There are four species of coatimundi.
  • Coatimundis are omnivorous. They eat litter, invertebrates, small vertebrates, and eggs.
  • They have sensitive snouts that they use to hunt for food in the dirt.
  • They are members of the raccoon family. Unlike most raccoons, they are diurnal.
  • They are gregarious, but adult males separate from the group and only join the group during mating season.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Procyonidae Genus: Nasua and Nasuella

Conservation & Helping:

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