On land, raccoons lumber around on all four paws like a bear. But, unlike bears, they don't hibernate in winter.
On land, raccoons lumber around on all four paws like a bear. But, unlike bears, they don't hibernate in winter.
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Raccoon

Raccoons are active-at-night, or nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world, from North and South America to Asia, in wooded areas and big cities alike.

Common Name:
Raccoon
Scientific Name:
Procyon lotor
Type:
Mammals
Diet:
Omnivore
Group Name:
Nursery
Average Life Span In The Wild:
2 to 3 years
Size:
23.75 to 37.5 inches
Weight:
4 to 23 pounds

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.

On land, raccoons lumber around on all four paws like a bear. Among the raccoon’s favorite foods on land are: fruits, seeds, nuts, birds' eggs and plants. In cities, raccoons scavenge around garbage bins and will eat scraps of food and other trash found there. Raccoons are also excellent swimmers, hunting fish, frogs, and crayfish. Raccoons live for around one to three years in the wild. In captivity, where the raccoon doesn’t need to worry about finding food or outwitting predators, some have lived as long as 20 years.