White-nosed coatis have tails as long as their bodies, used for balancing. They spend most of the day foraging for food, keeping their long, flexible muzzle close to the ground to sniff out beetles and spiders. In this way, they can travel two kilometers each day. Nights are spent out of harm’s way in the treetops of central America’s forests. Come breeding time, a solitary male is invited to join a band of females. Once he has mated with them all, he is swiftly ejected, as males will harm the young. Like raccoons, white-nosed coatis readily adapt to the presence of humans.
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