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- Scientific Name of Raccoon: Procyon lotor;
- Type: Mammal;
- Life Expectancy in the Wild: 2 to 3 years;
- Lifespan at Home: 10 to 15 years;
- Size: 23.75 to 37.5 in (60 to 95 cm);
- Weight: 4 to 23 lbs (1.8 to 10.4 kg).
Distinctive Feature of Raccoon
- Gray fur;
- Black mask on the neb;
- 4-7 black rings around the tail;
- Pointy snout;
- Deft front paws.
Geography of Raccoon
The original raccoon habitat is North America. Recently, they’ve appeared in Europe, the Caucasus and Japan. Raccoons prefer to live in the forests, nature reserves and large parks. Also, they need water near their habitat. However, raccoons are very well adapted to the new living conditions. They can often be found in the suburbs. Usually, raccoons settle in barns, attics and sewers. But they didn’t go far from their homes.
Raccoons are omnivores. They eat almost anything that can get in their paws. Raccoons like sweet foods like fruit. Their usual diet consists of fish, insects, snakes, frogs, eggs, birds, fruit, nuts and seeds. Also, raccoons like to eat human food from trash bins.
Behavior of Raccoon
- Due to their paws, they can open the doors, bottles and jars. Also, raccoons are good climbers.
- They constantly communicate with each other. Raccoons can use about 15 calls and 200 sounds.
- Raccoons are mostly active at night. Most of the winter they sleep in their dens. They’re quite active in spring, summer and autumn.
- Adult raccoons live in communities of 4-5 members for better protection against predators.
- Reproduction starts in winter. Females usually give birth to 1-6 baby raccoons in April or May. Raccoons are very caring moms.
- Raccoons become independent after 12-14 months of age.