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Raccoons (procyon lotor) are small mammals originally native to the southern United States, Mexico and Central American, weighing from four to thirty pounds, with adults averaging about twenty pounds. Like many mammals they tend to be smaller toward the equator and larger the farther away from it. Their range now extends as far north as Canada in North America, down to Panama in Central America. They have been deliberately introduced or released as pets now in Europe, Asia, and Japan, where they have established populations.
The raccoon has a pointy nose, rather flat white face with a black mask across the eyes, and small rounded ears. Their coat consists of a thick underfur that ranges from white to light brown. while many of the longer outer hairs are dark brown or black. That gives them a salt and pepper grayish look. Their tail consist of alternating dark and light rings of fur. Their short legs and stance give them a humped or rounded appearance.
Title: This Is My Spot
Title: That Hit The Spot
The raccoons front paws are extremely dexterous and sensitive and they explore many thing with their touch By wetting, their paws become even more sensitive to touch, enabling the raccoon to identify many things just by touch. It was once thought that raccoons washed their food because they wre observed rubbing the food between their paws. Since this behavior occurs on land as well, even where no water is available, it is now believed that they do it to get rids of unwanted material on the food.
Because raccoons are omniverous and can eat almost anything, their range has expanded greatly in the last couple of hundred years. They are at the point where they are making themselves pests even in urban environments.
Extremely inteligent animals, they can solve problems rapidly and can remember solutions for up to three years. Their inquisitiveness and intelligence has been a feature in the culture and tales of North American Natives from the Dakota Sioux of the northen plains states, to the Aztecs of Mexico. A number of the ancient petroglyphs feature raccoons.
Alothough normally nocturnal, it is not uncommon the see them during daylight hours.
Unlike most mammals, they can rotate their hindlegs backward inorder to go down a tree head first.
Title: Shrimp Sushi BW
Title: Shrimp Sushi
Title: Seafood Lunch
Title: Seafood Lunch BW
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