Raccoons are medium-sized mammals.

They belong to the Procyonidae family.

Raccoons are known for their distinctive facial mask and ringed tail.

They have a highly adaptable and omnivorous diet.

Raccoons are native to North America, but some species are found in other parts of the world.

They are opportunistic feeders and eat a variety of foods, including fruits, insects, and small animals.

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, being more active during the night.

Their front paws have five fingers, which allow them to manipulate objects and open containers.

Raccoons are excellent climbers and swimmers.

They are known for their intelligence and problem-solving skills.

Raccoons have a wide range of vocalizations, including purring, chittering, and growling.

Their scientific name is Procyon lotor.

Raccoons are often considered pests due to their scavenging behavior in urban areas.

They are solitary animals, but may form groups, especially during the mating season.

The gestation period for raccoons is around 63 days.

Raccoons have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years in the wild, but can live longer in captivity.

They have a keen sense of touch, particularly with their front paws.

Raccoons are known to wash their food in water before eating, a behavior known as 'dousing.'

They have a thick fur coat that provides insulation in cold weather.

Rabies is a potential threat for raccoons, and they are a common carrier of the disease.

Raccoons are excellent at adapting to urban environments and are often seen in cities and suburbs.

Their diet can include human food, leading to conflicts with people.

Raccoons can carry a variety of parasites, including fleas and ticks.

Raccoons are agile and can jump great distances.

They are territorial animals and may mark their territory with urine.

Raccoons have a hibernation-like state in winter called 'torpor,' where they sleep for long periods.

The raccoon's tail helps with balance and coordination.

They have a highly developed sense of smell, which aids in finding food.

Raccoons are known for their curiosity and may investigate objects in their environment.

They are often featured in folklore and stories from various cultures.

Raccoons have a binocular vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately.

The raccoon's scientific name means 'washer dog' in Latin.

Raccoons are capable of opening latches and containers with their nimble fingers.

They are adaptable to various habitats, including forests, marshes, and urban areas.

Raccoons may use different vocalizations to communicate with each other.

They have a distinctive waddling gait when walking.

Raccoons play a role in controlling insect and rodent populations in their ecosystems.