Forest Animals

Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Aquatic animals, rodents, eggs, birds, nuts, seeds, fruit, and corn 
Order: Carnivora: Carnivores 
Size: body:41 - 60 cm (16 - 23 1/2 in), tail: 20 - 40 cm (7 3/4 - 15 3/4 in)
Family: Procyonidae: Raccoons Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Procyon lotor Habitat: wooded areas, often near water, swamps
Range: Southern Canada, U.S.A., south to Panama 

Size of a RaccoonFamiliar, adaptable mammals, raccoons have coped well with the twentieth century and today are even spotted in cities, scavenging for food. The raccoon is stocky but agile, with thick, grayish fur and a bushy tail ringed with black bands; its pointed face has a characteristic "bandit" mask across the eyes.  On the forepaws are long, sensitive digits, which the raccoon uses with great dexterity when handling food. Mainly active at night, the raccoon is a good climber and can swim if necessary. Its wide-ranging diet includes aquatic animals such as frogs and fish, small land animals, such as rodents, birds, turtle eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit and corn. A litter of 3 to 6 young is born in spring after a gestation of about 65 days. The young raccoons' eyes are open at about 3 weeks old; they start to go out with their mother at about 2 months old, remaining with her until autumn. 

Range of Raccoon
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