noun: white-nosed coati
plural: white-nosed coatis

What is a White-Nosed Coati?

The white-nosed coati (Nasuanarica), also known as coatimundi/koʊˌɑːtɨˈmʌndi/, is a species of coati and a member of the family Procyonidae . On average most weigh between 8 and 20 lbs. Males are larger. On average, the total length is about 3 ½ ft., about half of that being the tail length. A proper tail should make the sign of a question mark when coatis are active, playful and curious. In the USA, the white-nosed coati (Nasuanarica) is mainly found in the southeastern and southwestern corners of Arizona and New Mexico, and in parts of Texas. Relatives of the raccoon, the size of a big housecat, coatis have long tails, long noses and faces masked in white and black. They live in matriarchal bands of up to 40 animals and speak a language of grunts, chitters and churps. Babies make peeping sounds like baby birds. Another wonderful thing about them is they almost no odor or smell in their fur.

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

White Nosed Coati

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Information for Texas Residents

The White-nosed coati is protected by Texas Parks and Wildlife. To legally keep one for a pet, you must purchase ONLY from a Texas Parks and Wildlife permitted breeder. This includes all colors variations and those hybrid mountain white-nosed coatis mixed. Texas Exotic Animals is one of the very few legal, permitted active breeders in Texas. You will receive proper documents when you purchase your baby from us. While the state of Texas is fine with people owning white-nosed coatis with proper paperwork, possession of an undocumented white-nosed coati can result in hefty fines as well as state-seizure and loss of any or all animals on your property.


Common questions about White-Nosed Coatis

This is a common question; Texas Exotic Animals breeds and sells both Mountain Coatis and White-Nosed Coatis. We NEVER breed hybrid mixes of the two. There are only 5 true White-Nosed Coati coat colors.

Dark brown: The Dark Brown Coati is medium brown to black with a white mask on the face. This is the most common.

Red Coati: The Red Coati, which has a very auburn to reddish brown color with a white masked face. Often most of the Dark Brown Coatis can also have a slight red tint to them.

Blonde Coati: The very rare Blonde White-Nosed Coati which has blonde fur with a white masked face.

The last two and rarest of them all are the Albino Coati or Leucistic Coati which are all white with red or black eyes. We don’t have any and if you find some, please call me as I am interested in buying them myself.

What kind of house do you want for your Coati?

Let me start by saying this is one of those controversial topics. I am going to tell you what type of enclosures my Coatis live in and why. I will mention several options. One very important thing to remember is that not all situations are suitable for every home. You must consider when choosing an enclosure to consider things like your experience raising Coatis and available space and safety for your coati inside and outside. I will try and give you the pros and cons of both and many different situations. I am writing this as a guide, not the only solutions. Every home is different. Safety first is always my number one rule.

This means no cage. Let me just say this; a Coati is not a house cat or a puppy. Left to their own devices they are smart enough and strong enough to open refrigerator doors, cabinets, jars, pill bottles, and cleaners they may find under your sink. Coatis love to rub soaps and other scented chemicals on their tails. If you are a first time Coati owner, please consider that this is not a safe option for you. I know some very experienced Coati owners that do this successfully. They know their Coati’s behaviors and they have special adaptions built into their homes and safe areas (acreage) for their Coatis to roam. Warm temperatures must be provided so you will still have to provide shelter in the winter. I have been to some of these homes and it’s heavenly. It is true most of the time Coatis don’t roam too far from home. This is not always the case. I personally have had the unpleasant task of reading the heartbreaking, sobbing emails from people who have lost their Coatis due to wildlife or feral cat and dog attacks. These people were/are good coati owners. Things like this just happen. No regular fencing can hold a wandering Coati either. They are excellent climbers and can wander off, get lost or stolen or, worse, killed by a scared neighbor. These things really happen and in my opinion it is not worth the risk for me personally.

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