Coatimundi's come from Central & South America, and South-western North America where there habitat is mainly lowland rain forests, but there sub species is from Brazil. Coatimundis are in the procynoid family. There closest relative is the raccoon. In the wild they are scavengers and eat invertebrates, fruits, plants, birds, small reptiles and rodents. There life span in the wild is 7 to 8 years. Coatimundis can climb trees easily, where there long fluffy ringed-tail is used for balance. They communicate with snorting, chirping, and grunting sounds and by flicking the tip or their tails. They have a snout that moves in every direction as it sniffs. Coati’s also have very powerful jaws with k9’s. They have bear like hands, with five fingers and toes with long sharp claws. Coati's are double jointed and there ankles are rotatable beyond 180 degrees, giving them the ability to descend trees head first. They also walk plantigrade, which means they walk on the soles of there feet just like people. Coatimundis live in social groups numbering between 4 and 30 which include female and sexually immature males. Males tend to be solitary. Sexual Maturity in Female Coatimundis' hits at about 2 years of age and in Males at about 3 years of age.
Coati's can live 20 + years in captivity and they can grow to be around thirty pounds. We feed them Blue Buffalo dog food, fruits, vegetables, insects and small rodents.
The Mountain Coatimundi as a Pet:
Coatimndi's are wonderful pets, ONLY if you 1. don't work and can spend every moment of your time with them, 2. Are an experienced handler, so you need to find a rescue to volunteer at for many long hours and months (we still can't say that you will be experienced enough) 3. Are wanting a animal that stays in its terrible two's for many years, and once they calm down they just go to being two, 4. Are going to be able to pay for the de-clawing of front and back claws, have them spay/neutered, de-fanged, de-wormed regularly, and vaccinated yearly. 5. Keep up with there eating habits (at 6 months old eating at least 40 pounds of Blue Buffalo Dog food a month) to be healthy so expect more than that at adult size. These guys are VERY active, VERY intelligent and VERY inquisitive. Coati's are notorious for being able to open doors, unlock locks, get into refrigerators and cabinets. Baby proofing your house is essential when owning a coati, they have to be protected form certain things in the same way your toddler would. They only thing different with the Coati is, they will figure it out very soon, and you will most likely have to lock everything with a lock (key or number).
IMPORTANT: Coatimundis are VERY, VERY , VERY Protective over there things or your things (which is actually theirs). NEVER take food, toys or anything away from them. They Will attack you. Do not play rough with them, even a little. Naturally they play rough, and when they are little, the noises and the way the play may seem cute, but once they get older it can severely hurt you even if defanged / declawed. Most have biting issues, but are not mean. That is just how they play and even with being defanged, it is very uncomfortable and can injure you. They pretty much like anything you give them to play with. Coati's can be very entertaining to watch, especially while they play. Coatis get board easily though, so try and change it up or buy new toys on a regular bacis. Toddler and baby toys are the best.
They can be litter trained, some easily, others will never train. At the First few weeks of there life, when you receive your brand new baby, THEY WILL STINK SO BAD! They require to be bottle fed to bond with you, which makes there feces very runny and stinky.
Most coati's are wonderful with dogs and cats IF they are raised with them but not all. They should always be supervised when playing with other animals. Because all animals have natural instincts and small animals like mice, small birds, hamsters etc. should Never live in the same house. They will be eaten, even if there put away or there cage is closed, your coatimundi will figure out how to either open the cage, knock it over, or reach and grab them. Coatis are not suggested for families with small children EVER! You should NEVER put your child in danger, and Coatimundis are wild animals, they have natural predatory instincts no matter how sweet they are or how close your bond may be. They can always turn, and one bite to a child could leave them fingerless or needing many stitches. Not to mention exotic animal bites are taken VERY seriously by all hospitals and Parks and Wildlife agencies.
Coati's can be bathed with Dawn (kills fleas), shampoo and treated with Front Line/ Revolution for fleas (never use an over the counter flea product, they can become very ill). Regular de-worming by your Vet is also necessary. Yearly vaccinations are also required. It is important to start bathing your coati at a very young age, and to do it often. You can even use conditioner to make there fur soft and help with the smell.
Harness training is a must, and VERY important to start at a very young age. It will take time for them to get use to it but you should always have them wearing it. Also, you need to constantly take it on and off so that once they are older, they will not fight you to put it on or to take it off. This is a must for regular transporting and Vet visits!
Treats such as fig newtons, gummy bears or marshmallows are some that the coatis like, they love sweets! Things such as avocados, chocolate, greasy foods and caffeine can make them very sick. They also LOVE occasional pieces of hamburger or chicken nuggets. Crickets, worms, snails, and rolly polies are some of there favorite insects as well.
Coati's aren't for most households, they require allot of supervision, space and allot of attention. These guys are not for a family that is never home, they need allot of your love and time, without proper attention and training they can become very destructive animals. The more time you have to spend with the coati, the better pet you will have, they will keep you entertained and on your toes for sure!
Please note these highly active and energetic animals will require a LARGE indoor and outdoor enclosure!