The Raccoon By: Laith jamhour

Raccoon

The mammal I am researching about is a raccoon. A raccoon is a very endemic mammal and its population is increasing. They are most likely to be found almost anywhere.

Ecosystem

Raccoons are best adapted for deciduous forest biomes. However, they are common almost everywhere in North and Central America, from Canada to Panama, from swamplands to tropical broadleaf forests to woodlands to grasslands. Therefore, they avoid areas with high beech trees.

The Origin

The raccoon is native to North America and can be found throughout the United States, except for parts of the Rocky Mountains, and southwestern states like Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. It can also be found in parts of Canada, Mexico and the northern-most regions of South America.

Current Population Status

A Raccoon is generally quite common and very adaptable to the human environment and populations are likely to be increasing in suburban areas.

Are Raccoons Endangered? Are they Endemic?

No, they are not extinct. The population is increasing. They are endemic to Cozumel Island, which is an island lying off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The Habitat and Niche

Raccoons live in the sewer and a trash can in the suburbs and dealing with human traps as their biggest predator. They also eat everything from plants to small mammals, they are omnivores. They are hunted and eaten by Bobcats and Coyotes.

Cool and Interesting facts about a raccoon

~The raccoon gets its name from the Algonquin word arakun which means "one who scratches with his hands." -------~Raccoons have feral populations in Europe, especially Germany, where they escaped from fur farms and were set loose to be hunted for sport during the time of World War II.-----Raccoons can live up to 15 years.

National Geographic Video about A Raccoon

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Created with images by robert.claypool - "United States Flag" • skeeze - "raccoon portrait cute" • covanica - "Wild" • clanctot - "baby raccoon wildlife wild" • Huskyherz - "raccoon bear zoo" • WerbeFabrik - "raccoon animals wild" • andrusdevelopment - "Raccoon" • kevin dooley - "41 42 43 44"

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