White-Nosed Coati (Nasua Narica)

It’s a squirrel, it’s a monkey, no, it’s a White-Nosed Coati. While traveling through the Bocas del Toro region from Almirante to Changuinola one day, my taxi came to a screeching halt for what looked to be nothing more than a long tail quickly making its way across the road. Locally, the White-Nosed Coati is called “suto” or “gato solo”.They are part of the raccoon family though coatis are often confused as badgers. Like raccoons, the coati is nocturnal by nature, though some reports state that the coati is active during daylight hours as well.If you stumble upon a coati, don’t worry.They are omnivores who prefer fruits and insects.The white tail coati can be found as far north as Arizona (Southwestern United States) and throughout Central and South America. (bioexpedition.com)

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