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Raccoon
Raccoon
A fun and active animal, known as a "a fan of cleanliness".
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Predatory
Family: Raccoons
Genus: Raccoons
Species: Raccoon-striped
General Settings
  • Habitat - Central and North America, acclimatized in Western Europe and the Caucasus
  • Body length - 65 cm, tail - 25 cm.
  • Weight - 6 kg on average.
  • Raccoons are omnivorous. In spring and summer, the diet is based on animal feed, in autumn - plant food.
  • Life expectancy is 12-14 years.

The striped raccoon is a small stocky animal with excellent night vision and keen sense of smell and hearing.


Social behavior


Males live alone, young raccoons stay with their mother during the first year of life on her site. Growing up, the juveniles settle, and males leave the maternal site for much greater distances than females, who usually stay nearby.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts 9-10 weeks. As a result, up to 7 toothless, blind cubs are born, which are covered with light brown fur and weigh about 60-75 grams. Black and white stripes on the head and tail begin to appear only after 10 days of life.


Species and people


Raccoons have long been caught for fur. However, active hunting for raccoons did not lead to a serious decrease in the number of these animals. The species is widespread in nature, and has recently been actively exploring suburban areas and city parks in all major US cities.


Interesting Facts


The raccoon's movable feet can turn almost 180 °, which is useful when descending from a tree to the ground.

The common raccoon is the only member of the raccoon family that, with the onset of winter, falls asleep for about 4 months.


Current status in wildlife
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    evaluated
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  • Data
    deficient
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  • Data
    deficient
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  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
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  • endangered
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  • critically
    endangered
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  • extinct
    in the wild
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  • Extinct
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