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Mammals
 
Raccoon
Procyon lotor
Class

Mammalia


Order

Carnivora


Distribution

Southern Canada to Panama


Habitat

Forests and meadows near ponds, lakes and swamps.


Characteristics and Behaviour

Raccoons are stocky but agile. They have thick grayish fur, a bushy tail ringed with black bands and a black facemask across the eyes. They spend most of their daytime resting on trees and are more active at night. They are good climbers and can swim if necessary. Food is generally picked up with the hands and placed in the mouth. The habit of dipping food or things into water earns them the most widely known name of "washing bear". Females usually give birth to three or four young. The newborn open their eyes after about 3 weeks and can go out with mother at about two months old.


Diet

Fish, frog, small land animals, birds, turtles eggs as well as wild fruit and seeds.

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