The Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor), often just called the Raccoon, is a mammal native to America. Its name derives from Algonquian aroughcoune for "he who scratches with his hands". They are intelligent omnivores with a reputation for being sly. Procyon lotor is the most common type of raccoon in North America. Adult weight varies with habitat but an average is 12 to 21 pounds (about 5.5 to 9.5 kg), the largest recorded being over 28 kg [1] They have black facial colorings around the eyes, and have a bushy tail with light and dark alternating rings. The coat is a mixture of gray, brown, and black fur. On rare occasions, raccoons may be albino. The characteristic eye colorings make the animal look like it is wearing a "bandit's mask".






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Raccoons are nocturnal and eat a large variety of things, including berries, insects, eggs, and other small animals. Raccoons are known to "wash" their food before eating it. It is not certain that this act is performed to actually clean food — some studies find that raccoons engage in "washing" even when water is not available. Mating usually occurs in January or February and a litter of 4–5 young are born in April or May (varies by climate). Raccoons usually live in hollow trees, ground burrows, or caves. Males have no part in raising the young. By late summer the litter will be weaned and begin to fend for themselves. In severe winter climates, raccoons may become dormant but do not hibernate. Raccoons live up to 12 years in the wild, but that is a rare case and most live for a much shorter period then that.

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