Average lifespan in the wild: 2 to 3 years
Size: 23.75 to 37.5 in (60 to 95 cm)
Weight: 4 to 23 lbs (1.8 to 10.4 kg)
Group name: Nursery
Where do raccoons live?
This nocturnal and primarily solitary mammal spends its days sleeping in hollow trees, wedged between branches or, especially in cold weather, in a burrow. An omnivore, it eats both plant parts. Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of fare.
What does a raccoon eat?
In the natural world, raccoons snare a lot of their meals in the water. These nocturnal foragers use lightning-quick paws to grab crayfish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. On land, they pluck mice and insects from their hiding places and raid nests for tasty eggs. Raccoons also eat fruit and plants—including those grown in human gardens and farms. They will even open garbage cans to dine on the contents.
Did you know this abour raccoons?
One study suggests that raccoons are as quick to learn as rhesus macaques. Others show that they can retain the solution to a once-learned problem for up to three years.
Once considered solitary, it is now known that raccoons share common meeting grounds and form loose social groups.
An omnivore, it eats both plant parts and animals, such as fish, mollusks, and crustaceans.
It was once thought that raccoons washed their food — the scientific name lotor means "washer."
It is now known that they are pulling food apart to remove inedible bits.
The common name derives from the Algonquin word aroughcoune, meaning "he scratches with his hands."
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