Procyon lotor

Animals of North America Back
Raccoons are notorious for eating anything and everything they can get their paws on. Living up to their species name lotor, meaning “the washer” in Latin, raccoons often wash their food, though this is most often seen in captive individuals. Their forepaws, which resemble slender hands, give raccoons the ability to handle prey and pry open shells without difficulty.

Raccoon’s tend to be solitary animals; the only social group that may be found is that of a mother with her young. However, during cold weather, males can even be found temporarily denning with females. During breeding season, males will expand their home ranges in search of more potential females. Upon mating, the male will leave the female, and she will provide exclusive care for her young. In early summer, raccoons give birth to as many as five cubs that spend about two months with their mother, usually high up in a hollowed-out tree trunk. 


Fruit, acorns, nuts, corn and other grains, crayfish, frogs, birds and bird eggs

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