20 Furry Facts About Raccoons

Adaptable Habitat:  Raccoons are highly adaptable and can live in various habitats, including forests, wetlands, urban areas, and suburban neighborhoods.

 Range:  Native to North America, raccoons have been introduced to other parts of the world, including Europe and Japan.

Nocturnal Lifestyle:  Raccoons are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night.

Distinctive Mask:  They have a black "mask" of fur around their eyes that helps reduce glare and enhance their night vision.

 Dexterous Hands:  Raccoons have nimble front paws with five fingers, which allow them to manipulate objects and open containers.

Omnivorous Diet:  They are omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, nuts, insects, small mammals, birds, fish, and human garbage.

Water Dipping Behavior:  Raccoons often dip their food in water before eating, a behavior called "dousing" or "washing." This behavior may help them manipulate their food and detect contaminants.

Social Behavior:  While typically solitary, raccoons may form small groups, especially females with their young. They communicate through vocalizations, body language, and scent markings.

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