Coatimundi and Kinkajou

Coatimundi

 

 Vital Statistics
Life span 15–20 years
Adult size 41–67 cm (1.5–2 feet) head to base of tail + 32–69 cm (1–2 feet) tail
Body weight 3–7 kg (7–15 lbs.)
Body temp 96–104ºF (35.5–40ºC)
Respiratory rate 23 breaths/min
Heart rate 115 beats/min
Dental formula I 3/3, C 1/1, P 4/4, M 2/2
Sexual maturity 2 years
Breeding season April to May
(in some climates again in early fall)
Gestation 74–77 days
Litter size 2–7

 

The coatimundi is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae), Order Carnivora

We would strongly recommend to owners that a preventative medicine is formulated specific to their animal(s) and their husbandry conditions. This can be drawn up by us after a first health check. It should include a plan for

  • Vaccination
  • Worms treatment/prevention
  • External parasite treatment
  • Dietary plan
  • Housing
  • Social groupings
  • Reproductive plan

Kinkajou (Honey Bears) (Potos flavus) 

 Vital Statistics
Life span 15–25 years
Adult size Body up to 18 inches (45 cm) + tail up to 18 inches (45 cm)
Body weight 3–10 lbs (1.4–4.6 kg)
Dental formula I 3/3, C 1/1, P 3/3, M 2/2

 

Origin

  • Central and South America

 

 

Captive Housing

 

Housing should be contain Kinkajous tree branches for climbing and sleeping quarters. 

 

 

Housing should be constructed of escape-proof wire mesh with plastic or metal solid flooring.

 

Environmental Enrichment

  • Enclosure should contain tree branches for climbing and large hollow logs.
  • Hammocks, hide boxes or ledges should be provided away from direct sunlight to allow kinkajous to sleep during the day.
  • Toys, such as ropes, balls and stuffed animals, help keep kinkajous entertained.

 

Kinkajous should be fed in the evening, so they can eat at night.

 

Pet Appeal

  • Kinkajous do not have any noticeable odor.
  • When hand-raised from very young, they are very social and enjoy being handled.

 

A hand-raised kinkajou baby 

 

Behavior

  • Kinkajous may be curious to look inside your mouth or reach inside with their fingers.
  • They are easily trained to use a litter box.
  • Kinkajous require much stimulation, see environmental enrichment above.
  • Nocturnal
  • Docile and gentle
  • Inquisitive and social

 

Kinkajous are usually docile.

 

Physical Characteristics

  • Kinkajous have 2 hairless areas on the face, which are often mistaken for a Sarcoptes infection.
  • Kinkajous have prehensile tails, which are used for climbing.

 

 

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