Racoons are opportunistic omnivores, eating fruits, nuts insects, small mammals, birds' eggs and nestlings, reptile eggs, frogs, fish, aquatic invertebrates, worms, and garbage. Most food is obtained on the ground or near water.
Forests along edges of streams or other bodies of water. Increasingly found in urban environments.
Communicates using purring, growling, hissing, and whistling. Sometimes submerges food to 'wash' them in captive raccoons.
They have black fur around their eyes, they have a dense gray coat, and their tails are ringed with black and gray stripes. The males are larger than the females and they can weigh up to 25 pounds.
Did you Know?
The five toes on a raccoon’s front paws are extremely dexterous like fingers and allow them to grasp and manipulate food and other objects, including doorknobs, jars and latches.
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Listed as Least Concern due to it's wide range and increasing population in some parts of the range there are threats that include hunting, trapping, and poisoning.