Kinkajous, Kinkajou Pictures, Facts, and Information

Kinkajou at night

Kinkajou at night


Pictures of kinkajous (Potos flavus). Kinkajous, or honey bears, is a rainforest mammal related to raccoons. They reach the size of a housecat and have a prehensile tail which can be used as a fifth hand for climbing.

 Animal: Kinkajou

Species: There are seven subspecies of Kinkajou under the species name Potus Flavus

Lifespan:  The Kinkajou lives to be about 23 years old

Size: A full grown Kinkajou is about 17-22 inches long and has a 16-20 inch tail. They weigh between 3 and 7.5 lbs

Habitat: Kinkajous are found in South American and Central American forests. They primarily live in trees, whre they use their long prehensile tail as a fifth limb to hang from branches.

Family Life: Kinkajou travel alone, or in small packs called troops. They use scent glands to mark their territory and their travel routes. They are very vocal creatures tehy communicate with hoots and sounds similar to primates. Kinkajou mate all year round and have a gestation period of about 120 days. A mother usually gives birth to one or two babies. The babies are born in dark dens and are blind for about 2 weeks. Mother kinkajous are very protective of their young and carry them until they are about 4 months old, at which point they arejust about able to take care of themselves.

Diet: Kinkajou survive on a diet of mostly fruit. They occassionaly eat insects and flowers as well.

*Fun Facts*

  • Kinkajou have a 5 inch long skinny tongue that they use to eat nectar
  • a Kinkajou can turn it's feet around and run backwards just as fast as they run forwards