The coati, also called coatimundi, is any of a group of small, long-tailed mammals related to the raccoon. Coatis inhabit Central and South America but range as far north as Arizona. They are about 2 feet long, not including the tail, stand about 10 inches tall at the shoulder, and may weigh up to 20 pounds. The coati has a long muzzle and a dark-banded, raccoon-like tail, which is almost as long as its body and is usually carried erect. Coatis are usually yellowish brown, gray, or brick red and have a brown mask.
   Coatis are classified as the order Carnivora, family Procyonidae, genus Nasua.