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 Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor)




Northern Raccoon | Procyon lotor photo
Young Raccoon, Texas

Photograph by Clinton & Charles Robertson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Northern Raccoon | Procyon lotor photo
A blonde form of the Raccoon stalking prey, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California.

Photograph by G Dan Hutcheson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Northern Raccoon | Procyon lotor photo
Raccoon at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California.

Photograph by G Dan Hutcheson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Northern Raccoon | Procyon lotor photo
Raccoon photographed in captivity in deer park, Saarland

Photograph by Klaus Berberich. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

NORTHERN RACCOON FACTS

Description
The Raccoon has a black mask across the eyes and bushy tail with four to ten black rings. The body color ranges from grey to reddish brown to pale brown. The front paws have long fingers that look a bit like human hands.

Other Names
Coon

Size
Length 60cm - 95cm including tail of 19cm - 40cm. Average weight is around 6 - 7kg.

Environment
woodland areas, farmlands, suburban, and urban areas.

Food
fruit, nuts, corn, invertebrates, small rodents, frogs, bird eggs

Breeding
A litter of 3 to 7 (usually around 4) are born after a gestation period of 63 to 65 days. The young are born in a tree den (sometimes the den is in a woodchuck burrow, cave, deserted building, barn, garage). They open their eyes at 18 to 24 days, and they are weaned after 70 days.

Range
southern Canada, throughout most of the United States, and into northern South America

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procyonidae
Genus:Procyon
Species:lotor
Common Name:Northern Raccoon