Crab-Eating Raccoons inhabit central and south America. They prefer to live near bodies of water in parts of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Costa Rica. Procyon cancrivorus does seem to prefer marshy and swampy inland rivers. The Crab-Eating Raccoon can make use of just about any habitat, though, as long as there are adequate opportunities to find food, water, and shelter.
Interestingly, the Crab-Eating Raccoon usually seems to prefer to eat fruit. Of course, like all raccoons, these animals will eat anything they can find: nuts, insects, amphibians, fish, and of course, crabs.
Crab-Eating Raccoons weigh between 3 and 7 kg (about 6-15 pounds). They are usually 54 to 65 centimeters in length (approximately 21-26 inches), including the tail. The tail comprises nearly half of the animal's total length. These anmimals can fall prey to any larger carnivore. Sometimes even owls and alligators will kill them for food. Humans may hunt them for their fur. The species is not threatened or endangered at this point, though it has received some attention from international associations. One famous orphaned crab-eating raccoon named Bandit resides at the Karanambu ranch in Guyana.
Picture of the crab-eating raccoon by Steven G. Johnson, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
The Crab-eating raccoon is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the crabeating raccoonA young / baby of a crabeating raccoon is called a 'kit'. The females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A crabeating raccoon group is called a 'nursery'.
CountriesArgentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela
Crab-eating raccoon habitatsBogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands, Forest, Permanent Rivers / Streams / Creeks (includes waterfalls), Subtropical / Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level and Wetlands (inland)
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 6.27 kg (13.794 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 19 years
Female maturity :365 days
Male maturity : 365 days
Gestation : 63 days
Litter size : 3
Weight at birth : 0.071 kg (0.1562 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 3 W
Body mass : 1.16 kg (2.552 lbs)
Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)