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Pizote

The pizote, also known as the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) is a member of the raccoon family (order Carnivora, family Procyonidae) with a very long tail and flexible snout that extends beyond its lower jaw.

Pizotes inhabit wooded areas (dry forests, rain forests, cloud forests) of the Americas. Pizotes are found at any altitude from sea level to 3500 meters (11,500 feet), and from as far north as southeastern Arizona and New Mexico to as far south as Panama.

Pizotes are generally dark brown, reddish, or yellow. Their eyes are masked while their muzzles, chins, and throats are light gray. Their tails have six or seven dark bands. Their bodies range around 110 to 120 centimeters (43 to 47 inches) long, of which 50 to 65 centimeters (20-26 inches) is tail. Their normally weigh between five and nine kilograms (11-20 pounds).

They are carnivores, preferring small vertebrates, fruits, carrion, insects, and eggs. Their predators include boas, raptors, hunting cats, and tayras[?] (tolomucos). They readily adapt to human presence; like raccoons, they will raid campsites and trash recepticles. They domesticate easily, and have been verified experimentally to be quite intelligent. They are primarily diurnal, retiring during the night to a specific tree and descending at dawn to begin their daily search for food. However, their habits are adjustable, and in areas where they are hunted by humans for food, or where they raid human settlements for their own food,they become more nocturnal. Males are solitary, but females and young, sexually immature males form social groups.



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