Raccoon - recovering after the hunt

raccoon The common raccoon or Northern raccoon (procyon lotor) is the most common species of racoons living in North America, though extending from southern Canada to Panama. They were once heavily hunted for their fur, hunters trapping these cute animals to meet the demand for fur hats and coats. Now, they have adapted very well to human development, they learned how to use the sewer systems of big cities to move about unnoticed, and are becoming a pest for humans sometimes. In the night these opportunistics forage for food. It has the scientific name procyon lotor. Procyon means "before the dog" and Lotor means "the washer".

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A raccoon (procyon lotor), photo taken 2004 by Bernard Landgraf
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Keywords: nocturnal , paw

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands)

The Northern 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 northern raccoon
A young / baby of a northern raccoon is called a 'kit'. The females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A northern raccoon group is called a 'nursery'.
Some facts about the
Common raccoon

Adult weight : 6 kg (13.2 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 21 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 63 days

Weaning : 91 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.08 kg (0.176 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 1.175 kg (2.585 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 10 W

Body mass : 4.842 kg (10.6524 lbs)

Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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