Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Sensitive paws

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.


Adaptable Omnivore

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.


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Category: Mammal

Weight: 4-6kg

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

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