South American Coati 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 ring-tailed coati, is a coati species and a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae), found in the tropical and subtropical parts of South America.

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.

The South American Coati color is highly variable and the rings on the tail may be only somewhat visible, but its most distinguishing characteristic is that it lacks the largely white snout (or “nose”) of its northern relative, the white-nosed coati.

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.

Solitary males were originally considered a separate species due to their different social habits and were called “coatimundis”, a term still sometimes used today.

Neither bands of females nor solitary males defend a unique territory, and territories therefore overlap.

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.

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.

South American Coati search for fruit in trees high in the canopy and use their snouts to poke through crevices to find animal prey. They also search for animal prey by turning over rocks on the ground or ripping open logs with their sharp claws.

Ring Tailed Coati has been introduced and naturalized on the island of Mallorca, where it is considered an invasive species.