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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.