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Coati also known as the hog-nosed coon, snookum bear and the Brazilian Aardvark, is a member of the raccoon family.
They have bear-and raccoon-like paws and walk on the soles of the feet, as people do. The coati snout is long and somewhat pig-like and extremely flexible and can be rotated up to 60 degrees in any direction.
Their geographical range extends from southern Arizona through northern Argentina, and they are often seen in Costa Rica and Mexico. Coatis live in the wild for about 7 to 8 years.
The coati is an omnivore; its diet consist mainly of ground litter invertebrates and fruit. Coati females and young males live in groups of 4 to 25 individuals.
Males over 2 years ( as in this photo ) become solitary and will join the female groups only during the breeding season.

Canon XT, f/7.1, 1/500 sec, ISO-400, focal length- 300mm.

*Photographed in Mayan Riviera mangrove swamps near Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • Matt Rhodes
    Matt Rhodesalmost 6 years ago

    Wow. Very Interesting. Great setup and capture! Nice work! =)

  • Thank you Matt for your kind comment. I really appreciate it.

    – Teresa Zieba

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSalmost 6 years ago
    Excellent capture, Teresa, as usual, and thanks for the info.
  • Thank you so much Mike.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Geoffrey
    Geoffreyalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful creature, nicely captured

  • Thank you Geoffrey.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture, Teresa! Very interesting infos.

  • Many thanks Claudia.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonalmost 6 years ago

    I have heard of these animals before… this is an interesting photograph. Was it taken at a zoo? It looks like an enclosure of some kind. At any rate, it is a fascinating photograph.

  • I was staying in a resort where they keep natural mangrove swamp. I was walking on the concrete path around the swamp and this male came out of the swamp onto the path I was walking on. I took about 12 photos of him before he run into the bushes to hide. I’ve quite a few females and babies too during our stay at the resort. Amazing animals and babies were so adorable.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 6 years ago

    It is a beautiful portrait of a fascinating animal, the first I have seen. I love the name Snookum Bear, that is so sweet! His coat is very beautiful!

  • He was so beautiful Sharon and I tried to photograph them as much as I could. There is a big group living in that mangrove swamp at the Blue Bay resort. I loved the opportunity to see them.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 6 years ago

    This is awesome, what a capture !!! Thank you so much for the wonderful info I have heard of a Coati but never seen one so clearly as you have photographed it. I love the name snookum bear it sounds so cuddly

  • They look cuddly and are really friendly but careful around people.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • lefty1
    lefty1almost 6 years ago

    fantastic capture of this gorgeous creature, thanks for the supplying info!

  • Thank you so much John.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • adgray
    adgrayalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous Capture!
    and a very good informative treatise Ekphrasis about him too!
    Chookas! ♥

  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningalmost 6 years ago

    wow..thats a cool lookin animal! fantasic capture!

  • Thank you Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

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