Crab-eating raccoon

Despite the common name, they do not feed on crabs exclusively

Steven G. Johnson

Like their cousin, the common raccoon, crab-eating raccoons also have a distinctive mask around their eyes and a bushy-ringed tail. However, the hair on the nape points towards the front rather than backward in common raccoons. The fur on the body is brownish-grey, while the legs and feet are dark-brown. They are color blind in exchange for excellent night vision adapted for their nocturnal lifestyle.

They are also well adapted to foods with hardshell by having large cheek teeth with rounded and broad cusps. Crab-eating raccoons’ diet includes crabs, crayfish, lobster, other crustaceans, and shellfish like clams and oysters.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2015
Bolivia
2015
Brazil
2015
Colombia
2015
Costa Rica
2015
Ecuador
2015
French Guiana
2015
Guyana
2015
Panama
2015
Paraguay
2015
Peru
2015
Suriname
2015
Trinidad & Tobago
2015
Uruguay
2015
Venezuela
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No