Mammal

North American Raccoon

Area: 
Throughout North America, Europe, and Japan
Habitat: 
Originally densely wooded areas and large forests, but today the raccoon has adapted to living in mountainous and wetter habitats. The raccoon has also moved closer to human communities and will even make its home in garages or attics of houses.
Food: 
insects, plants and small animals such as fish and even birds. They also scavenge in garbage cans and eat pet food they find.
Size: 
16 to 18 inches long, 8 to 20 pounds
Babies: 
The average raccoon litter has 5 kits or cubs
Raccoons have very nimble fingers on their front feet that make it easy for them to untie knots, turn doorknobs, and even open jars!

 

Who was that masked animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.?

 

The most distinctive feature of the raccoon is the black mask found around the eyes. The raccoon's thick layer of fur keeps it warm during cold winters. 

 

Raccoons have five toes on both their front and hind feet, which give the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. more stability when running and climbing. The underside of a raccoon's feet are bare-soled and flat, which makes the raccoon waddle rather than walk. The larger back feet of the raccoon give it more power when running and help the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. balance when the front feet are in use.

 

Raccoons have 40 teeth, including four long and sharp canine teethIn mammals, the teeth next to the incisors that are used for holding prey and/or tearing meat.. Raccoons are known for their unique habit of washing their food when they are close to water; however, they won't pass up a tasty treat if there is no water around to wash it in.