Raccoons By: Jake bradle

Raccoons are some very interesting mammals, they are nocturnal which means they sleeping during the day and wake up and explore during the night. Raccoons live for about 2 to 3 years in the wild.
Raccoons can weigh up to 5 pounds! Raccoons are mammals and they are omnivores, which means that they eat plants and animals. For example they eat, insects, worms, fruits, nuts, they also sometimes eat different kinds of birds.
Raccoons normally live in North America, Canada and Mexico. They normally like to live in urban areas or cities. It's very common to see a Raccoon raiding a garbage bag or dumpster, Raccoons also adapt well to winter conditions and the cold. Raccoons store fat in them during the summer and autumn to not starve during the harsh winter.
Raccoon's offspring are often called kits or just baby raccoons, when female raccoons have babies they can have up to seven kits! When there is a mother and several babies it is mainly called a nursery. At around 12 weeks old a baby will start to roam away from home for a whole night sometimes! At around a year old Raccoons become completely independent and go out on their own. Raccoons only live for about 2 to 3 years, so they have a pretty short lifespan.
Raccoons can run up to 15 mph and is able to fall off of something that is 35 to 40 feet in the air without being injured. You would never want to be bitten by this animal because Raccoons are the primary rabies carrier! There has only been one death recorded from a Raccoon to Human transfer of Rabies. The reason why Raccoons have the black lining around there eyes is because it helps them with their night vision and to protect their eyes from glare. Raccoons can grab things because they have five fingers on one hand, like a Human.
There are many different types and species of Raccoons out in the wild but for example here are a few: Eastern Raccoon, Chesapeake Bay Raccoon (which is obviously found near the Chesapeake Bay), and the Florida Raccoon (again, is obviously found in Florida). The Eastern Raccoon is relatively small and darker than others, the Chesapeake Bay Raccoon has very coarse hair, and the Florida Raccoon has fewer teeth and a rusty colored spot on their backs. There are even more species that I am not mentioning.

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Created with images by kat+sam - "Raccoon" • jmwests - "Raccoon" • USDAgov - "20120106-OC-AMW-0731" • Nicholas_T - "Ablaze" • Chrissine Cairns Rios - "Baby Raccoon" • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region - "Raccoon" • skeeze - "raccoon portrait wildlife"

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