Raccoons 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, but are increasingly being found in urban environments.
Communicates by using purring, growling, hissing, and whistling. Sometimes submerges food to 'wash' them in captive raccoons.
Raccoons have black fur around their eyes, a dense gray coat, and their tails are ringed with black and gray stripes. 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. Their long, bushy tail helps with balance and serves various functions, such as aiding in swimming and climbing.
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A raccoon can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
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Listed as least concerned due to it's wide range and increasing population in some parts of their range, but there are threats that are decreasing their numbers in more rural areas including hunting, trapping, and poisoning.