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The name "coyote" is from the Aztec word, "coyotl," which means "barking dog."

The Coyote

CoyoteThe coyote (Canis latrans) is about 4 to 4 1/2 feet long, including its tail and is gray or reddish gray. It can be found throughout North and Central America. Although it is less social than the wolf, it sometimes lives in close-knit family groups.

In general, coyotes are nocturnal and crepuscular, though it is not uncommon to see a coyote moving about during daylight hours, especially during cooler winter weather. It has a varied diet and will eat almost anything: small rodents, reptiles, fruits and nuts. Their willingness to eat what's available has made it possible for them to live in many environments. Coyotes can even be found in cities and suburbs.

SDNHM Field Guide: The Coyote
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Coyote photo: Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles
© 1999 California Academy of Sciences

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