Nasua nasua Female & Male Skulls replicas are museum quality polyurethane resin castings made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw).

Nasua nasua Female & Male Skulls replicas are museum quality polyurethane resin castings made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw).

The South American coati (Nasua nasua), also known as the Hog Nosed Raccoon, is a coati species and a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae), found in the tropical and subtropical parts of South America.

The Nasua nasua or South American Coatis have thick grayish red fur on the upper side of their body which gradually lightens to white on their under side. The hair is long and coarse giving their coat a dull look.

The head is narrow with a long snout that ends with an upturned wet black nose that protrudes beyond the lower mandible. The nose is highly mobile which it uses to probe crevices and small holes for food.

There is no postorbital process on the zygomata and the auditory bulla are quite large. The Coati’s dentition is 3/3 1/1 4/4 2/2 = 40. The upper and lower canine teeth in adult males are large and the premolars have two or three roots.

The cheeks and face of Nasua nasua or South American Coatis are black except for pale patches above and below each eye. The ears of the Coati are small, rounded and white on the inside.

Nasua nasua have dark brown legs and feet with long claws on the forefeet. The tail is long, tapered, and blackish brown with pale yellow stripes that encircle it. While foraging on the ground, the tail is usually erect with the tip curled up.

An adult Ring Tailed Coati generally weighs from 4.4 to 15.9 lb. and is 33 to 44 in. long, with half of that being its tail.

South American coati are widespread in tropical and subtropical South America. It occurs in the lowland forests east of the Andes as high as 8,200 ft. from Colombia and The Guianas south to Uruguay and northern Argentina.

Females typically live in large groups, called bands, consisting of 15 to 30 animals. Males are usually solitary.

Nasua nasua group members can produce soft whining sounds, but alarm calls are different, consisting of loud woofs and clicks.

Coatis typically sleep in the trees. When an alarm call is sounded, they climb trees, and then drop down to the ground and disperse.

Predators of the South American coati include foxes, jaguars, jaguarundis, and occasionally humans.

All females in a group come into heat simultaneously when the fruit is in season and mate with several males. The gestation period is 74 to 77 days. The estrus period lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Captive females give birth to 1 to 7 young at a time.

In the wild, they leave the group to give birth in a nest built in trees and rejoin the group with their offspring 5 to 6 weeks later. They usually remain with their natal group.

Male Nasua nasua generally disperse from their natal group at the age of three years. South American coatis generally live for up to 7 years in the wild but can live up to 14 years in captivity.

Ring Tailed Coati are diurnal animals, and live both on the ground and in trees. They are omnivorous but primarily eat fruit, invertebrates, other small animals, and bird eggs.