Name: Raccoon, Procyon lotor
Description: Carnivorous mammal with grayish-brown fur, black mask like facial markings, and a black-ringed bushy tail.
Location: North, South and Central America. Introduced to Europe and Asia.
Special Features: Prominent black mask over eyes
Heavily furred, ringed tail
Can have nasty disposition when cornered
Allied to bears but much smaller
Six species of Raccoon
Grow to about 32 inches including tail
Can weigh up to 35 pounds
Raccoon babies are called Kits
Hand like front paws with mobile fingers
Diet: Omnivorous, will eat just about anything. Favorite foods include fish, eggs, berries and nuts.
Neat Fact: During cold weather, raccoons might sleep for several days, but do not hibernate.