Raccoon

‘Raccoon’ comes from ‘arakun’ meaning ‘he scratches with hands’ in Algonquin Indian

Carsten Volkwein

Raccoons (also known as Common raccoons) have brown to gray fur and a dense undercoat to insulate against cold weather. Their face has a black mask surrounding the eyes and white fur outside of the mask and around its nose.

They feed on fruits, nuts, plants, berries, eggs, frogs, rodents, crayfish, and insects. Interestingly, they are very particular about the cleanliness of their food, as they will wash their food before eating it or rub off the debris when there is no water. They are great swimmers, but they are reluctant to do so as the fur is not waterproof, and swimming makes them heavier.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Austria
2015
Introduced
Azerbaijan
2015
Introduced
Bahamas
2015
Origin Uncertain
Belgium
2015
Introduced
Belize
2015
Canada
2015
Costa Rica
2015
Czechia
2015
Introduced
El Salvador
2015
Estonia
2015
Introduced
France
2015
Introduced
Georgia
2015
Introduced
Germany
2015
Introduced
Guatemala
2015
Honduras
2015
Hungary
2015
Introduced
Italy
2015
Introduced
Japan
2015
Introduced
Lithuania
2015
Introduced
Luxembourg
2015
Introduced
Mexico
2015
Netherlands
2015
Introduced
Nicaragua
2015
Panama
2015
Romania
2015
Introduced
Russia
2015
Introduced
Serbia
2015
Introduced
Slovakia
2015
Introduced
Slovenia
2015
Introduced
Spain
2015
Introduced
Switzerland
2015
Introduced
Ukraine
2015
Introduced
United States
2015
Uzbekistan
2015
Introduced

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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