Raccoon

raccoon

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyProcyonidae
GenusProcyon
Binomial nameProcyon lotor

Range Map

Description

The raccoon is a mostly nocturnal midsize mammal from North America. Their color is gray, brown or black and its white face with a black area around its eyes is very characteristic.

They measure from 40 to 70 cm and weigh from 5 to 26 kg. This opportunistic omnivore eats fruits, plants, oak nuts, insects, worms, rodents frogs, nuts, eggs, and crayfish.

They live in forests, suburban, and urban areas in the Central and southern part of North America. The average lifespan of a raccoon is 2 to 3 years.

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