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-Scent glands are located in bare areas on either side of the face, at the corner of the mouth, on the throat, and on the abdomen.However, they have no noticeable odor to humans
-They also have a wide range of signal calls, from soft chitters to barks and shrill quavering screams
-Kinkajous have fully prehensile grasping tails, which can be used like an extra "hand" when climbing
-If you look carefully at a Kinkajou's tail in the proper light, you can see a series of dark rings similar to those of their cousins, the raccoons and coatimundis.
-Their front paws are very sensitive and the palms are bare-skinned. They often dip their front paws in water or small openings and lick the food or juice off their paws much like another cousin, the raccoon
-Kinkajous' vision is poor, and they can't sense differences in color, so Kinkajous rely primarily on their highly developed senses of touch and smell.
-Kinkajous are beautiful animals and can make wonderful pets, since their personalities are often playful, yet docile and sweet. They are not destructive animals and have been known to be kept in some houses without a cage.

-Kinkajous are generally quiet and docile, and they have no noticeable odor. Because they are slow and languid, especially just after being wakened from a nap, they do not particularly like quick sudden movements. As a rule, Kinkajous are gentle and nonaggressive most of the time, although they can get wound up and become quite playful, and like to "dive bomb" and pounce on you from high places!
-Most Kinkajou owners do not have much luck in getting their Kinkajous litter trained. Generally, Kinkajous climb to a high place and "let go"; However, they seem to get into a habit of going in the same locations, so after a while, you learn where to place mats to catch the droppings. Some people place a piece of vinyl flooring under the inside and outside of the cage for easier cleanup
-Your new baby kinkajou will come to you still on its bottle, and will need its bottle about four times a day. I feed my baby kinkajous puppy esbilac with yogurt added. At 4 to 6 weeks you may start introducing various fruits and monkey biscuits. When you start supplementing its diet, you can slowly start weaning it from its bottle. You should wean somewhere between three and four months of age.
-Babies can have trouble thermoregulating themselves and should always be kept warm. Keeping your baby in an aquarium or a kennel with a heating pad underneath and turned on low ensures the baby stays nice and warm. Never assume the temperature is right, however; always put your hand inside where your new little one is sleeping to make sure the temperature is not too cold or too hot. I also like to have a little stuffed animal in with it to keep it company.
-The mother Kinkajou is very protective of her infant and in times of danger, carries the infant upside down just below her chest.
-Average Body Temp: 100 to 101.5 F

-Vaccines Recommended: canine distemper, feline leukopenia, rabies not necessary
-life span 20-25 yrs, one in Honolulu lived to be 39 though.
-adult weight range is 3 to 8 pounds
-Puberty, males 1.5 yrs (18mon.) females 2.5 yrs (30 mons)
-Breed season is in the fall
-Gestation is 98 to 120 days
-Number of young is 1 but they occasionally have 2
-They clean themselves but still need a bath sometimes (use baby shampoo)
-Make good pets, but need someone who will dedicate their time to them.
-Are from the tropical rain forests in Mexico throughout South America, and Brazil.
-There predators are jaguars and human who take them as pets, or people who kill them for their fur, and meat.
-Head and Body Length
       25 in. (63 cm)
  Tail Length:
       18-20 in. (45 - 50 cm)
-Cage cleaning tip - To make cage cleanup easier, spray edible cooking "Pam" on the sides and bottom of cage so droppings don't stick to the cage. Works well for parrots' cages as well.
-They lap supplemental balsa-flower nectar with a long tongue
-Kinkajous rarely come to ground, and they sleep all day in tree holes.

This page was created on 08/27/04