A coati (ko-AH-tee) looks like a raccoon for a good reason—they are related. The coati has a slimmer body as well as a longer snout and tail. It uses its flexible snout to shuffle through leaf litter on the forest floorThe ground layer of a rain forest. to find food. Coatis also find food up in the trees. That long tail helps a climbing coati keep its balance.
South American coatis live in a band of 4 to 25 animals. Most of the time, the band contains females and their young. Adult male coatis live alone, and only visit the bands to breed.