Raccoon

Raccoon

Procyon loctor
Raccoon at Tayto Park

About Me

Raccoons are the largest member of the Procyonidae family. A distinctive characteristic is the black mask across their eyes.They have very dense fur to insulate and protect them from the cold weather. They have a dual cooling system, so in the summer they can sweat (like us) and pant (like a dog) to cool down.They live close to a freshwater supply as Raccoons often put their food in the water before they eat it.  When Raccoons perform their dunking ritual, the water on their paws stimulates the nerves in their forepaws. That, in turn, gives them a more vivid tactile experience and provides precise information about what they're about to eat. This behaviour often looks like they are washing their food before eating it. Raccoons scientific name includes 'lotor' which is the latin word for “washer”! Forepaws almost always pick up food and put it in their mouth and their human-like forepaws are great for climbing and prying open prey. Mainly active at night (nocturnal), they will often spend the day up in the trees but will also den on the ground.

 

Reproduction:

2-5 “kits” are born in spring after a gestation period of 65 days. Females and her young will remain together until autumn.

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

LC Least Concern NT Near Threatened VU Vulnerable EN Endangered CR Critically Endangered EX Extinct
Threats:

Hunting and car accidents.

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