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Monday, July 3, 2017

Raccoon


Raccoons are easy to identify with their furry, ringed tails and their black "bandit" masks across the eyes. They are usually gray to almost black in color with a tinge of brown or sometimes even red. They have a pointed muzzle and rather long toes. A raccoon's footprints resemble those of people.

They are good climbers and swimmers and like to make their dens near water in woods, brushy areas and even open country. Raccoons do not hibernate, but may remain in a den for the winter, coming out only during breaks in the weather.

Raccoons are usually solitary, nocturnal animals with a diet consisting of crayfish, crabs, frogs, fish, worms, nuts, seeds, acorns, berries, or whatever they might come upon in someone's backyard trash.

Did you know?
Raccoons are found in North and Central America, Europe and Japan.

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