A raccoon clinging to a tree by Paul Stein

Where are they found?

North American raccoons are found in the United States and Canada.

What do they eat?

Raccoons are omnivorous, meaning they eat both meat and plants. They catch things like frogs, crayfish, and mice, and forage for fruits. They are also notorious for eating eggs out of nests, and, of course, eating from human trash.

How do they act?

They are nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night. They live in dens that can be things such as logs or a hole in a tree.

Are they endangered?

Raccoons are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Mammal Moment

There are other species of raccoons besides the ones found in North America, and most of them live on tropical islands!

Has your trash ever been ransacked by raccoons?


Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/r/raccoon/