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A list of my favorite images of raccoons.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon

The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America.

The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg (8 to 20 lb).

Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes.

Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three years.

The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.

The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes and urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests.

As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, raccoons are now also distributed across the European mainland, the Caucasus region and Japan.

Though previously thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behavior. Related females often share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season, and other potential invaders.

Home range sizes vary anywhere from 3 hectares (7 acres) for females in cities to 50 km2 (20 sq mi) for males in prairies. After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young, known as "kits", are born in spring. The kits are subsequently raised by their mother until dispersal in late fall.

Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their average life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years. In many areas, hunting and vehicular injury are the two most common causes of death.

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Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jul 31 12:52
i love raccoons they are one of my favorite animals :)
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jul 31 15:50
Sweet, though I prefer badgers (European "version")!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jul 31 17:20
I'm not surprised that you like mischievous little critters, Peter. :)

Forensic Guy: We're culling our badgers in the UK as they are being blamed for spreading tuberculosis to cattle. :(
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 6:57
its making my blood boil about the badger culling Kathy when they have scientific proof they don't need to be murdered, this government is evil sick and twisted :( the badgers are innocent yet they stil proceed to be killed :(
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 8:50
Yes, it's very sad to know it's happening to one of the greatest features of British wildlife, especially as they are such gentle creatures. :(

Badgers (Meles meles) have lived in Britain for at least 250,000 years. www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/facts/badgers.htm
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 23:07
the little raccoons in the movie The Great Outdoors are so funny that i fell in love with those little clever creature. :)
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 13:54
:D
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Aug 29 19:40
WE have a shit-load of coons in my area. Mischievous little devils, good thing they're so cute!

:D
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Aug 30 10:28
:)

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