Kangaroo Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: 20 years
Diet: Kangaroo/wallaby pellet diet, alfalfa and fresh grass.
Size at Adulthood: The length from the red kangaroo's head to its rump is 3.25 to 5.25 feet long. Its tail adds another 35.5 to 43.5 inches to its length and its entire body weighs around 200 lbs.
Minimum Cage size: 20'L by 12'W by 8'H.
What is a Kangaroo?
Kangaroos are the largest marsupials located in grasslands, plains, deserts, and forested areas in most of Australia. They are identified by their muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Like all marsupials, a sub-type of mammal, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young live until they are old enough to emerge. They are herbivores which means they eat vegetation.
Kangaroos are very fun and love to hop around! They are extremely outgoing and love attention. They are extremely affectionate and loving pets if cared for properly and acquired at the right age. Each Kangaroo will develop their own specific personalities and quirks but generally they are a fun pet. They spend most of the day exploring and eating. Being outdoors is great for them because they have more things "to do". They should always be in an fenced in area outside.
Do they bite?
My answer to this question is simple, anything with teeth can bite. Anything handled from a young age and generally domesticated and treated as a pet more than likely will not bite. They can lean back on their tails and hind feet to "box" and use their claws to scratch and teeth to bite.
Costs for a Kangaroo:
*Fencing and Enclosure….......………$400-$4000
*Food (monthly cost)………………………$45
*Misc. toys & accessories……………….…..$50-$200
Preparing for a Kangaroo
Before you bring your kangaroo home, you should have its enclosure ready. You will want o have plenty of grass your your kangaroos enclosure. Also the essential needs, such as water and shelter.
Remember to locate a vet experienced with exotics and that is willing to see your baby BEFORE you get your baby. Before the big day, schedule an appointment for your baby be seen within 72 hours for our health warranty. Have your vet give a general examination and let them get familiar with you and your baby in case of an emergency or routine visits in the future. You should take your baby in yearly for annual checkups.
How much time does a Kangaroo require?
The first few weeks it is critical to spend as much time as possible with your baby so your baby gets familiar with you. Feed it by hand, spend time playing and relaxing. Once your baby is familiar with you, he will be much easier to work with once he reaches adult age.
We portion our adult coatis meals as follows: 50% Protein such as boiled chicken, eggs, small portions of dog and ferret food; 40% Fruit such as cantaloupe, banana, papaya, apples, grapes, etc; 10% Miscellaneous treats and veggies such as sweet potato, honey sandwich, raisins, corn on cob, etc.
Coatis are high energy animals and CANNOT be left in a small cage all day and night with no outside time. Give them things to do, toys to play with and if you have dogs they will certainly play with any smaller friendly dogs. If you have a larger outdoor cage for them that is large enough for them to exercise, run around, jump and play that is the best option if you plan on housing them outdoors.
Living with a coati:
Coatis are very gregarious pets that WILL get into alot of trouble- no doubt. If you have a collection of 100 crystal figurines that are accessable to your coati, you wont have them all intact for long. They don't necessarily chew or break things on purpose but they will walk around, jump on things and poke their noses insistantly on everything they come across.
They can learn simple commmands and words like "no" , "dinner" or "treat". They are truly lovers
Coatimundi as pets- REAL owners perspectives and stories:
Ashley Duncan- Our coati, Severis, is a spoiled baby. He plays very hard all day and sleeps all night. He will even sleep in bed with me when my husband is at work. When he was little we let him play bite, and now he play bites harder than he should. He is only playing and gets a little carried away. I can correct him easily by firmly telling him no and ignoring him for a few seconds. He is my snuggle bunny to the core and he is among one of my top 3 favorite pets that we own.
Caring for a Coati in Captivity
Habitat: Coatis need a good amount of space and a rather large enclosure and they require a great deal of space. Recommended 6'x6'x6'x is the minimum for a coati cage. It is also good to make sure you have a proper latch, Coatis are very smart and you should not underestimate the ingenuity of your Coati as they can unlatch their cage door and escape. It is not recommended to have a Coati unsupervised around the house as it can easily wreak havoc on a household and chew up almost everything is can get its hands on. They will get into food and literally climb walls and curtains and destroy most paper products.
Toys and enrichment:
Providing your coati with toys will help prevent him from getting bored and unruly. Toddler and baby toys are great choices, as are more complex dog toys. Spending time playing with your coati will help in burning off excess energy. A bored coati will not only get into trouble, but will be more prone to real problematic behavior such as biting. Coati can also climb very well and swim very well, they always need to be supervised when they are doing these activities to ensure safety.
Neutering and spaying Coatimundi
Male coatis can become very aggressive once they are sexually mature.
Neutering can be performed by an exotics veterinarian and is recommended before the coati reaches 6 months of age. Females can become aggressive when they are in heat so spaying them is recommended for a more even tempered coati.
Handling: Coatis are very sweet when they are raised with plenty of interaction and with proper handling and love and care. When this does not happen they can be aggressive and for interaction with a unruly Coati it is recommended that proper gloves are used to avoid biting.