While foraging the raccooon always carries its own „special tools“ around, its exceptionally sensitive paws.
Above the sharp claws there are tactile hairs. With it the raccoon recognizes an object already prior grabbing it.
About two third of its cerebral cortex is specialised to process sensory perception through tactile stimuli.
33% of the raccoons natural food consist of plant material, 40% of molluscs and 27% of vertebrates.
As a typical syanthrope species it will find its food also in urban areas. The raccoon loves fruits and the contents of garbage bins.
What seems like „washing food“ is in fact a deplacement action for foraging in mud or shallow water.
Age: up to 16 years
Sexually mature: 1-2 years
gestation period: 65 days
food: Invertebrates, vertebrates, fruits, nuts
Way of life: solitary, but also sociable, mostly twilight and nocturnal, preferably deciduous and mixed forests rich in water, but is very adaptable, you can often find it today in populated areas, even in cities
Danger: not endangered