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Co-what-i? You may not be familiar with this fur ball, which inhabits parts of South America, Central America, and North America. But you no doubt know about the mammal’s famous family. The coati is closely related to the raccoon. And like its cousin, this mammal is the size of a large house cat, has a ringed tail, and hangs out in trees. Unlike the nocturnal raccoon, which is active at night, the coati mostly gets its z’s when it’s dark. These animals turn treetops into bedrooms, even building comfy twig-and-leaf nests in branches for their babies. As a coati sleeps, it tucks its nose into its belly. During the day, the coati is all about snacking. It uses its long, flexible nose to probe gaps between rocks and search under piles of leaves for grub. Coatis eat insects, fruit, rodents, lizards, and small snakes.  The male coati measures about 73 to 136 cm (29 to 54 inches) in length—half of which is tail—and weighs roughly 4.5 to 11 kg (10 to 24 pounds). The female is somewhat smaller.

Interesting fact

At the age of 3-4 weeks, babies try to get out of the nest in which they were born. A caring mother catches them and brings them back.

In South America, the nose is hunted for meat. The fur of these animals is not considered valuable by the locals.

Noses easily adapt to different living conditions, but do not tolerate frost. In the mountains, where the temperature often drops below zero, noses often freeze the tips of their proboscis.

Until recently, scientists considered a separate species of male noses, which live separately from females with cubs.