Interesting Facts About Raccoons

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  • During winter in cold northern climates, raccoons sleep for extended periods, although they don’t actually hibernate. To prepare for cold winters, raccoons pack on extra body fat in fall. This extra fat helps provide the raccoon with energy when it’s too cold to search for food.
  • Raccoons have a large array of vocalizations. They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny.
  • 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.
  • The adult raccoon is a medium-sized mammal and the largest of the Procyonidae family. It averages 24 to 38 inches in length and can weigh between 14 to 23 lbs.
  • The male raccoon, or boar, is slightly larger than the female, also referred to as sow. The young are called kits.
  • A raccoon’s most heightened sense is its sense of touch. It has very sensitive front paws and this sensitivity increases underwater. When able, a raccoon will examine objects in water.
  • Raccoons are omnivorous animals (they eat plants and animals).
  • The newborn babies have no mask around their eyes or rings on their tails.
  • The five toes on a raccoon’s front paws are extremely dexterous, functioning essentially as five little fingers which allow it to grasp and manipulate food it finds in the wild as well as a variety of other objects, including doorknobs, jars, and latches.
  • A mother Raccoon gives birth to between two and five babies in her den.

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