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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procyonidae
Genus:Procyon
Genus species:Procyon lotor

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:55 cm
Weight:5-8 kg
Identification:The common raccoon is grizzled gray and has a tail striped with brown and black rings. Its black facial mask makes this animal easily recognizable.
Habitat:Wooded areas, swamps, urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: frogs, crayfish, birds, eggs, fruit, nuts, small rodents, insects, earthworms
Reproduction:The mating season is in January and February. Gestation lasts 63 days, after which 3-7 young are born. The mother will keep her offspring with her until the fall. In captivity, common raccoons can live for more than 12 years.
Communal denning during the winter months is fairly common.
Behavior:Although they don't hibernate, common raccoons are inactive during the winter. They usually live in ground dens rather than in trees.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the most common species of raccoon. It is also a widespread carrier of rabies.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
Southern North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Common raccoon
raccoon
Raccoons
Procyon
Procyonidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata