• Kinkajou

    Procyonidae Potos flavus

     

    • Least concern

    • Central and South America

    • Head and body, 17 to 22 in (43 to 56 cm); Tail, 16 to 22 in (41 to 56 cm)
    • Weight:4-7 lbs

    • Tropical Rainforests

    • Both sexes reach sexuality maturity 18 to 20 months
    • Gestation: 112 – 118 days
    • 1 or 2 cubs are born per birth
    • After which one to two cubs are born, however, one cub is the norm.

    • Honey, nectar, nuts, insects, fruit, small mammals

    • Belong to the raccoon family
    • Sometimes called honey bears because they raid bees’ nests. They use their long, skinny tongues to slurp honey from a hive
    • Form treetop groups and share social interactions such as reciprocal grooming.
    • Vocal animals—though seldom seen, they are often heard screeching and barking in the tropical forest canopy
    • Breeding takes place throughout the year. The male has an enlarged bone that protrudes at the inside of his wrist, which he rubs the females sides with during mating. This bone is usually bare skinned in the male, but fur covered in the female.
    • When a female kinkajou feels that her cub is in danger, she will carry it upside down.
    • Kinkajous are nocturnal and spend the daylight hours in tree hollows.
    • They have slightly webbed feet and very acute hearing.
    • They have scent glands at the corner of their mouth, abdomen and throat, which allow them to mark their territory and travel routes.
    • They have a very long, prehensile tail, which they use it as a fifth limb, for balance and to hold into branches.
    • They are agile tree climbers and can turn their feet in the opposite direction and run backward just as fast as forward. This helps them go down trees headfirst.

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